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RILL, late ail esteemed 
resident of Gilford, N. H., 
was a citizen well known in 
public life, for many years 
an influential factor in the 
State politics. A S(Mi of 
Barnard Morrill, he was 
born in Gilford, on August 
3, 1816; and he dietl in the same house and 
the same room on January 20, 1S9J. 

Abraham Morrill, who at an early date 
settled in Amesbury, Mass., was the immi- 
grant founder of the family in New luigland. 
Barnard Morrill, father of John J., came from 
Brentwood, N.IL, to Gilmanton, now Gilford, 
which had then but few inhabitants. By occu- 
pation a tanner and shoemaker, he became a 
prominent citizen, and in the years that fol- 
lowed held all the important offices within the 
gift of his townsmen, being Selectman and 
Justice of the Peace many years. While a Jus- 
tice of the Peace, he sat on a majority of the 
trials lield, and he also devoted considerable 
time to other legal duties. Me married 
March 23, 1S09, Judith Morrison, daughter of 
Jonathan Morrison, a Revolutionary soldier, 
who was a descendant of a New England pio- 
neer. Mr. and Mrs. Barnard Morrill had a 
son, John J., and two daughters — Rhoda and 
Sally. Rhoda Morrill married John Davis, a 
resident of what is now Lakeport, N. LL, who 
was at one time agent for the Lake Company, 
and was also associated as a partner with B. J. 

Cole at Lakeport, under the firm name of Cole 
& Davis. 

John J. Morrill attended the district school 
in his native town, and subsec|uently received 
the benefit of a few terms at (iilmanton Acad- 
emy and New Llampton Institution. He then 
studied under the tuition of Dudley Leavitt, 

, who was well known as the originator of 
Leavitt's F<ii-i/n-i-' s Aluianac. In this way 
Mr. Morrill acquired an unusually good edu- 
cation for his day. His principal business 
was tanning and the lumber trade. He was 
also engaged in farming. Energetic, ambi- 
tious, and capable, he was brought into pub- 
lic notice, and was appointed on the staff of 
General VVadleigh of the old State militia, 
with the title of Colonel. He was agent of 
the town of Gilford for years, and handled its 

j law suits and other important legal matters. 
He was a delegate to the Whig Ciuivention in 
Baltimore in 1840, which nominated William 
Henry Harrison for the Presidency. The 
campaign which followed was one of the 
most exciting in the history of this country, 
and became known as the "log-cabin and hard 
cider" campaign, because the opponents of 
General Harrison undertook to bring up his 
past life against him. The Whig party, 
however, swept the country, and its candidates 
were triumphantly elected. Subsequent divi- 
sions among its adherents, owing to slavery 
becoming the leading issue, led to its dis- 
ruption; and, after electing Taylor in 1848, 
and failing to elect Scott in 1852, the North- 


crn Whigs became Free Soileis and by 1856 
Republicans. Mr. Morrill tnuk an active part 
in the excitin- politics of the times, and was 
one of the influential factors in the organiza- 
tion of the Republican party in New Hamp- 
shire. He represented Gilford in the State 
legislature several years, and he was a member 
of Governor Straw's Council in 1873 and 1873. 
His abilities soon brought him into wider 
notice; and as the opponent of General Mars- 
ton, one of New Hampshire's ablest men, he 
lacked but a few votes of receiving the nom- 
ination of Representative to Congress, a posi- 
tion that he was well qualified to fill. He was 
also a Presidential elector in 1876. About the 
time that he was proposed for Congress he was 
spoken of by many as a candidate for the gov- 
ernorship. Six years before his death he was 
stricken with paralysis, which was subsequently 
followed by a second and fatal attack on the 
morning of January 20, 1892. Mrs. Nancy- 
Sanborn Morrill, his wife, taught school sev- 
eral terms before their marriage. She was 
born on January 27, 18 19, in Brentwood, N.H. 
Her parents afterward removed to Gilford, 
where her father, Mesech Sanborn, was for 
many years a prominent citizen. They had 
three children, namely: Stark; John Barnard, 
who was born December 26, 1849, and died 
July 20, 1852; and John U., who is now the 
only survivor. Stark, born on December 9, 
1846, died on June 8, 1880. He was educated 
in the district school and at New Hampton In- 
stitution, and for several years before his death 
was associated with his father in carrying on 
the tannery. He was a capable and successful 
business man. 

John B., the youngest child, was born on 
November 11, 1854. He attended the district 
schools of Gilford and the high school in what 
is now Laconia, then studied with S. C. Kim- 
ball, A.M., a noted tutor, who was at that 

time pastor of the Free Baptist church in Gil- 
ford. He fitted for Bates College, but went 
instead to Dartmouth, and was graduated in 
the class of 1879, taking the degree of ]5ach- 
elor of Science in Chandler Scientific Course, 
and is permanent Secretary of his class. It 
was his intention to take a complete course in 
civil engineering, but the illness of his brother 
and an accident to himself interfered; and re- 
turning home he took up his father's business, 
lumbering, real estate, and farming. He has 
given considerable attention to stock-raising, 
trading in cattle to a large extent. Of late 
years he has taken many premiums for fancy 
teams exhibited at fairs. He keeps Hereford 
stock principally. 

On November 9, 1882, Mr. Morrill married 
Miss Mary S. Rowe, a daughter of Simon 
Rowe, of Gilford. She completed her educa- 
tion at New Hampton Literary Institution, 
and was a teacher before her marriage. 

Mr. Morrill has always adhered to the Re- 
publican principles loved by his father. He 
was at the last Constitutional Convention held 
in 1889, and is a member of the Republican 
State Central Committee. In 1895-96 he 
represented the town of Gilford in the New 
Hampshire legislature. The past three years 
he has been Chairman of the Board of Select- 
men, and has held various minor town offices. 
Since the organization of the Gilford Public 
Library he has been one of the Board of 

I':NRY KIMBALL, attorney and coun- 
:llor-at-law, and superintendent of 
the public schools of Rochester, 
N. H., was born in Shapleigh, Me., December 
14, 1833, son of Daniel S. and Love (Wilson) 
Kimball. His father was born in North Bi^r- 
wick. Me., May 24, 1804, and his mother in 
I Shapleigh, April 17, 1806. 


Daniel S. Kimball was reared to agricult- 
ural pursuits, and the active period of his life 
was spent in tilling the soil of a good farm in 
his native town. A prosperous farmer and a 
useful citizen, he gained by his upright Chris- 
tian character the sincere esteem of his fellow- 
townsmen. He died April 2,S, 18X2; aiidiiis 
wife died May 2, 1.S93. Both were members 
of the Congregational church, the father act- 
ing as Deacon for many years. 

Henry Kimball prepared for college at the 
Maine Wesleyan Seminary, and was graduated 
at Bowdoin College with the class of 1863. 
His legal studies were pursued under the 
direction of his uncle, Increase S. Kimball, 
of Sanford, Me. ; and he was admitted to the 
York County (Maine) bar, June 30, 1866. 
He remained with his uncle for three years, 
and in 1869 settled in Rochester, where he has 
since resided. Teaching school was a favorite 
occupation in his yduiiger tla\s, and his in- 
terest in educational matters has never been 
allowed to die out. In connection with his 
law practice he has occupied his present posi- 
tion of superintendent of the public schools in 
this city, with the exception of a few short 
intervals, since 1871. 

Politically, Mr. Kimball supports the Re- 
publican party, but has never taken an active 
part in politics, excepting such as pertains to 
educational interests. 

fAMKS D. BARTLh:TT, senior member 
of the firm Bartlett & Smith, con- 
tractors and builders of Meredith, and 
an e.x-member of the New Hanipsliiie b-is- 
lature, was born July 2-j, 1833, in Ceiilre Har- 
bor, N.H., son of Samuel G. and Sally (Rowe) 
Bartlett. His great-grandfather was Abiel 
Bartlett, son of Adam Bartlett, who was a 
native of Beverly, Mas.s. Abiel Bartlett re- 

sided in Deerfield, N. H., and died in 1816, 
aged sixty-five years. The maiden name of 
his wife was Margaret Goodhue, and his chil- 
dren were: Abiel, John G., Josei)h, Moses, 
and Mary Jane. James D. Bartlett, the 
grandfather, was born in Deerfield. During 
his active period he cultivated farms in Mere- 
dith and Centre Harbor, and was one of the 
stirring agriculturists of his day. In politics 
a Democrat, he served as a Selectman in 
Centre Harbor, and died January 5, 1861. 
He married Olive Libbey, daughter of Sheriff 
I.ibbey, of Wolfboro, N.H. 

Samuel G. Bartlett, father of James I). 
Bartlett, born in Meredith, March 2, 1807, 
learned the trades of a carpenter and mill- 
wright, which he afterward followed for ten 
years. Then he bought a farm in Centre Har- 
bor, where he resided for the rest of his life. 
He voted with the Democratic party; and, 
although not an aspirant for office, he was 
Supervisor and a member of the School Com- 
mittee a number of years. He died July 22, 
1896. His wife, Sally, who was born in Gil- 
ford, N.H., October 20, 1803, daughter of 
I^zekiel Rowe, became the mother of eight 
children, six of whom attained maturity. 
These were: James D., the subject of this 
sketch; I<:iizabeth R. , who married Charles P. 
Leavitt, of Meredith, and is now deceased; 
Lucinda, who married John R. McCrillis, of 
Centre Harbor; Emily Jane, who is the wife 
ol Jonathan Fox, of the same town; Josiah R., 
who resides in Centre Harbor; and Arvilla 
R., now deceased, who became the wife of 
Joseph Howard, of Northfield, Mass. The 
mother died August i^, 1857. Both parents 
were mendiers of the P'ree Baptist church, and 
the father was one of its choristers for many 

James D. Bartlett acquired a public-school 
education in his native town. At the age of 


seventeen he went to Lowell, Mass., and there 
served an ai-iinenticeship oi three years at the 
mason's traile. llaviny; hecniiie well ac- 
quainted with brick-laying and plastering, he 
was for two seasons engaged as a journeyman 
in Boston and for the same length of time in 
Manchester, X.H. In 1858 he settled in 
Meredith, where he did general mason work 
until 1881. lie then formed a partnership 
with his present associate, and is now doing 
quite an extensive contracting and building 
business both in New Hampshire and \'er- 
mont. He was Chief of Police for two years, 
and at the head of the fire department for the 
same length of time. He served for four years 
as inspector of the check list: and he was 
elected to the New Hampshire House of Rep- 
resentatives in 1886, in which he served on 
the Committee on Fisheries and Game. 

On March i, 1856, Mr. Bartlett married 
Lydia R. Hubbard, daughter of Rodney Hub- 
bard, of New London, N.H. He is a member 
of Chocorua Lodge, F. & A. M. ; is Past 
Grand of Belknap Lodge, I. O. O. F. : a 
member of Meredith Lodge, Knights of 
Pythias; and of Winnepesaukee Grange, 
Patrons of Husbandry. Mrs. Bartlett is con- 
nected with the Daughters of Rebecca. Both 
are members of the P>ee Baptist church. 

tensive farmer of Rochester, was 
born in Loudon, N.H., March 26, 
1 83 1, son of Green and Mehitabel (Barton) 
Osborn. The Osborn family in America is of 
Lnglish origin. The great-grandfather of 
Hiram S. was one of three Quaker emigrant 
brothers of that name, who came to this coun- 
try in the early days and settled in the Massa- 
chusetts colony, probably driven to this step 
by the persecution of non-conformists in the 

parent country. P21ijah Osborn, the grand- 
father, was presumably born in Salem, Mass. 
After learning the trade of a potter, while 
still a young man, he removed to Louiion, 
N.H., and settled down on a farm, although he 
still continued to work at his trade. His re- 
ligious principles were those acceptetl by his 
Quaker forefathers. The maiden name of his 
wife was Margaret Green. 

Green Osborn, born in Loudon, N. IL, son 
of Elijah and Margaret (Green) Osborn, after 
completing his education in the district 
schools of his native town, began to learn his 
father's trade of ])Otter. This jjurpose he soon 
after abandoned, and turned his attention to 
the cultivation of his father's farm. When 
about forty years of age, he took up a farm in 
Pittsfield, N.H., and was thereafter occupied 
in its cultivation for the remainder of his life. 
He married Mehitabel Barton, of Pittsfield, 
and had a family of nine children, eight of 
whom attained maturity. They were: liliza- 
beth Ann, now deceased, who married Hiram 
Walker, of Amesbury, Mass., also deceased; 
Charles B., deceased; Mary Jane, who married 
Nathaniel O. Sawyer, of Amesbury, Mass. ; 
Hiram Sawyer, the subject of this sketch, and 
the twin brother of Mary Jane; Margaret, who 
married George O. Harmon, of Haverhill, 
Mass., and is now a widow; Warren G., resid- 
ing in Dover, N.H.; Angeline A., who mar- 
ried Munroe Wiggins, of Haverhill, Mass. ; 
and David G., now living in Ixochester. 
Although Green Osborn was a man of a retir- 
ing disposition, he served in some of the 
minor town offices. 

Hiram Sawyer Osborn received his educa- 
tion in the public schools of Loudon and Pitts- 
field, N.H., and of Quincy, Mass. In 
Quincy, between the school sessions, he was 
employed by a wealthy quarry owner. After 
completing his education, he learned the car- 


pcnter's trade, and thereafter followed it con- 
tinuously for more than forty years. In the 
year 1852 he went to California, and pro- 
spected for gold along the Yuba and Feather 
Rivers with a fair degree of success. After- 
ward he engaged in farming for a year and a 
half in the valley of the San Joaquin River, 
and worked at his trade for about one year. In 
1S61, after returning East, he bought the farm 
in Rochester, N.H., where he now resides. 
Although engaged in the cultivation of this 
farm for a period after, he devoted the larger 
share of his time and attention to his trade, 
which developed into the business of a con- 
tractor and builder. Of late years, however, 
he has applied himself almost exclusively to 
agriculture. His farm contains one hundred 
and twenty acres or more. He makes a spe- 
cialty of milk, which he ships daily to Boston, 
Mass. Besides wintering some twenty heatl 
of cattle, he cuts from forty to fifty tons of hay 
annually. Intermittently, between 1865 and 
1885, Mr. Osborn taught plain and (irnamental 
penmanship. He is a good penman to-day. 

The first of Mr. Osborn 's two marriages was 
contracted with Nancy Jane Wahh-on, daughter 
of Benjamin VValdron, of Rochester. By her 
he became the father of two children, namely: 
Caroline J., who married George Whiteliouse, 
of Dover, and is now deceased; and Annie B., 
who married Oliver M. Vickery, of Rochester. 
By his second marriage he was imited to Mary 
E. Ham, of Rochester. She has borne him 
one daughter, Nellie F., who married John L. 
Foss, of Dover. In politics Mr. Osborn is a 
Republican. He enjoys an unusual share of 
the good will and confidence of the townsfolk, 
who have elected him to their Board of .Sel(.>ct- 
men and to other public offices, and who would 
gladly place him in more important positions, 
could he spare the needful time from his per- 
sonal affairs. He is a Mason of Strafford 

Lodge, No. 29, of Dover. Taking an earnest 
interest in the Patrons of Husbandry, he is 
connected with Cochcco Grange, of which he 
is a Past Master, with E. N. H. Pomona 
Grange, the New Hampshire State Grange, 
and the National Grange. Successful through 
his industr\' and sterling worth, Mr. Osborn 
is highh esteemed in Rochester. 

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EMERSON, one of the 
energetic young business men 
Alton, was born in this town, 
November 13, 1866, son of Charles P. and 
Ellor J. (Jones) Emerson. His grandfather, 
William Emerson, came to Alton over a hun- 
dred years ago, and was engaged in trade here 
for the greater part of his life. William lived 
to be about eighty-two years old; and his 
wife, whose maiden name was Susan Rollins, 
died at the age of eighty-six years. They 
reared six sons; name!)', Walter G. C, Seth 
R., Lewis, Charles P., Chester B. , and Smith. 
Walter was a merchant in West Alton; Seth 
resided in Alton; Smith was in early life a 
trader in this town and later station agent in 
Dover, N.II. All except .Smith married and 
reared families. Chester B. is the only one 
now living. 

Charles P. Emerson, father of Willis P., 
was born in Alton, September 16, 1823. 
When a young man he started a mercantile 
business at Alton Bay, and afterward for sev- 
eral years had a large and profitable trade. At 
a later date he engaged in the manufacture of 
shooks. Business reverses came upon him sud- 
denly with disastrous effect; and he died May 
30, 1882. He was an upright, conscientious 
man, and an exceedingly progressive business 
man, whose enterpiMses were very beneficial 
to the community; and his untimely death 
was generally deplored. Politically, he was a 


Republican, and his business ability naturally 
led him into [imminence in public affairs. 
He was twice elected a Representative to the 
legislature, and for over twenty years he was 
Postmaster of Alton Bay. He married Ellor 
J. Jones, daughter of James N. Jones, of Al- 
ton, and became the father of two children, 
namely: Mary Belle, who died at the age of 
twenty-one; and Willis P.. the subject of this 

Willis P. limerson acquired a good practical 
education. But sixteen years old when his 
father died, his only inheritance was a busi- 
ness overwhelmingly in debt. The task of 
liquidating the many claims upon his father's 
old store was enough to discourage a much 
older and experienced person. However, the 
youth went earnestly to work at it, and the 
result attained will long remain a bright spot 
in the memory of the townspeople. By the 
closest attention to business and the exercise 
of the most rigid economy young Emerson 
gradually lessened the debts left upon his 
shoulders, until all the creditors were satisfied 
in full. The business which he so nobly and 
perseveringly reclaimed is now in a most 
flourishing condition. Modestly, but emphat- 
ically, he declares that his mother's guiding 
hand did more toward retrieving the fallen 
fortunes of the family than did his own 
efforts. Those who were in a position to 
know, however, do not hesitate to assert that 
a case has never come within their observa- 
tion in which a youth without business ex- 
])erience displayed so much real energy and 
iletermination and, above all, such a steadfast 
adherence to the principles of integrity. 

Since entering mercantile life Mr. Emer- 
son has rapidly advanced in [irosperity, as 
might be expected from a man of his character 
and progressive tendencies. He carries on a 
well-stocked store, receives a large share of 

patronage, and is a popular as well as a suc- 
cessful merchant. In politics he is a Repub- 
lican, and he served with ability as Postmaster 
for four years. He is a member of Winnepe- 
saukee Lodge, No. 75, A. F. & A. M. : and of 
Cocheco Lodge, No. 28, Knights of Pythias, 
of Alton. 

§OHN F. CLOUTMAN, a leading shoe 
manufacturer of Strafford County anil 
an esteemed resident of Farmington, 
was born in New Durham, this county, De- 
cember 27, 1831, son of John F. and Patience 
T. (Edgerly) Cloutman. The family origi- 
nated with three brothers, who came from Scot- 
land, and respectively settled in Conway, 
N.H., Portsmouth, N.H., and Maine. John 
F. Cloutman, Sr. , was a carpenter by trade, 
and also followed the occupation of farmer. 
The early years of his life were spent in New 
Durham and his last years in Rochester. He 
married Patience T. Pldgerly in New Durham. 
Of their nine children, three are living: John 
F., the subject of this sketch; James A., of 
Farmington; and Ellen I"., the wife of K. D. 
Seymour, of Lynn, Mass. The father died in 
Memphis, Tenn., at the age of forty-seven, of 
congestion of the brain. 

John F. Cloutman received but a limited 
amount of schooling. After reaching his 
majority, he took up the sh(3e business, first 
learning to cut shoes. At the age of twenty- 
two he set up in business for himself at I'"arm- 
ington in a small way. This humble begin- 
ning has since developed into his present 
l)rosperous business. P'or twent\'-three years, 
commencing in 1871, he manufactured for 
Wallace Elliott & Co., of New York, medium 
grades of children's, women's, and misses' 
shoes. At the present time he gi\-es employ- 
ment to about one hundred hands, whose 
weekl)' pay-roll takes about a thousand dollars; 


and he sells mostly to Boston jobbers. Mr. 
Cloutman built the factory in which Wallace 
Elliott & Co. do business at the present time 
in I'armington. He has been twice married, 
on the first occasion to Amanda M. Davis, of 
Alton, who died in 1868, leaving no children. 
His present wife, whose maiden name was 
Ella E. Kimball, is a native of Bradford, 
Mass. They have two children: Nellie A., 
who is book-keeper for her father; and John 
V. Cloutman, Jr. 

In jiolitics Mr. Cloutman has remained 
faithful to the Democratic views since his 
majority. The first office to which he was 
elected was that of Reiiresentative to the State 
legislature for the year 1 86 1-62. He was 
Town Treasurer and Moderator for a number 
of years, and State Senator for two years, 1876 
and 1877. Of the Town Committee, com- 
posed of J. E. Eernald, Alonzo Nute, and Mr. 
Cloutman, that built the Opera House, he is 
the only survivor. He is a prominent Mason, 
belonging to Eraternal Lodge, E. & A. M. ; 
Columbian Chapter, R. A. M. ; and Palestine 
Commandery, K. T., of Rochester. b"or six 
years he was Master of his lodge. He is also 
a member of Woodbine Lodge and Mad River 
lMicam[iment, I. O. O. E. ; and of New Hamp- 
shire Grange, of which he was Master for 
one year. The family attended the ]5aptist 

Mayor of Laconia, and an e.\ -member 
of the New Hampshire legislature, 
was born in West Newbury, Essex County, 
Mass., May 11, 1S37, son of Moses and Mary 
A. (Bailey) Smith. On the father's side he 
is descended from one of three brothers, who 
emigrated to this country from England. His 
parents, who were prosperous farming people 
of West Newbury, are no longer living. They 

reared a family of seven children, two of whom 
are residing in Dedham, Mass; three in West 
Newbury, Mass; one in Merrimac, Mass; and 
Samuel Bailey, the subject of this sketch, in 
Laconia for the past thirty-four years. 

After completing his education at Phillips 
Andover Academy, Samuel Bailey Smith en- 
tered on his business career. He was first 
employed in the cutting-room of a shoe manu- 
factory. Later he had charge of a dry-goods 
and clothing store in Lawrence, Mass. In 
the spring of 1862 he came to Laconia, and 
formed a partnership with A. G. Eolsom, 
under the firm name of Eolsom & Smith. 
This concern carried on the dry -goods and 
clothing business until 1869, when Mr. Smith 
bought the interest of his partner, and con- 
tinued the business at the old quarters in Eol- 
som Block, but subseciuently leasing the two 
other stores comprising the remainder of the 
block. In 1S82 he sold his business to the 
Lougee Brothers. He has been engaged in 
the real estate business here since 1875, fre- 
quently taking an active [lart in securing 
public improvements. He was a promoter and 
one of the largest subscribers to the stock of 
the Laconia Street Railway Company. In 
1885 he built the Smith Block, erected a five- 
tenement block on Beacon Street in 1876, 
built a three-story business and tenement 
block at the corner of ]3eacon and Mill Streets 
in 1887, and in 1S92 enlarged and remodelled 
the Tucker House, dividing it into seventeen 
tenements with modern improvements. Prom- 
inently identified with financial matters for a 
prolonged period, he has been a Trustee of the 
Laconia Savings Bank and a Director of the 
People's Bank since its incorporation. 

In June, 1869, Mr. Smith was united in 
marriage with Ada A. Eolsom, youngest 
daughter of A. G. P^ilsom, of Laconia, and 
has now one son and two daughters. One of 


the daughters is married : and his son, James 
S. , is now employed at the People's Bank. 
In politics Mr. Smith is a I'J.epublican, and 
has advocated the principles of that party since 
he became a voter. y\Uhough he has never 
sought for public office, his business ability 
and knowledge of finance make him especially 
competent for the discharge of its duties. 
When elected a member of the School Board, 
he declined to serve. He subsequently ac- 
cepted a seat in the City Council. While in 
this body he was its Chairman for most of the 
time, and was Chairman of the Committee 
on Sewers under the old town government. 
Seeking to have municipal work carried on as 
economically as possible, he succeeded in 
keeping the departments over which he pre- 
sided within the limit of their respective 
appropriations. In 1895 he was elected 
Mayor, and the good results expected of his 
administration of that office have been fully 
realized. While a member of the House of 
Representatives in 1889-90, he served upon 
the Committees on Banks and Labor; and he 
was closely connected with the building of 
the State Normal School in Plymouth. 

KORGK ]•:. DURGIN, Clerk of the 
Supreme Court at Dover, N.H., has 
.dtl this position for a score of years, 
and during the time has discharged the duties 
connected with it with such eminent ability 
and fidelity as to command the respect and win 
the confidence of all concerned. He was born 
May 13, 1 83 1, in the adjacent town of Mad- 
bury, a son of Walter and Hannah (Woodman) 

Walter Durgin was ;i 
County, born January 30, 
to farming pursuits, an occupation in which 
in conjunction with car|)cntering, he was en 

native of Strafford 
801, and was reared 

gaged during his active life. In 1856 he 
removed to Epping, Rockingham County, pur- 
chasing a farm on which he spent his declining 
days. He died September 17, 1881, in his 
eighty-first year. In politics he was a sound 
Democrat, clear-headed, capable, an<l always 
faithful to his trust. He frequently served as 
^Moderator of town meetings, was a Selectman 
several terms, and later was on the Board of 
County Commissioners. He is remembered 
as a man of many sterling qualities, who 
enjoyed the esteem and confidence of all who 
knew him. His wife, also a native of this 
county, lived to the venerable age of fourscore 
and two years, passing away December 12, 
1891. The ]iarental household included five 
children, all sons, namely: George K., the 
subject of this biographical sketch: Charles 
C, who died December 20, 1861 ; John A., 
who died November 8, 1S84, at Providence, 
R.I., where he was superintendent of locomo- 
tive works; Henry S. , who died while in ser- 
vice during the late Civil War, August 14, 
1863, at Cairo, 111.; and Walter Frank, now- 
living on the old homestead in lapping, N.H. 
George E. Durgin remained with his parents 
on the home farm until eighteen years old, 
obtaining his elementary education in the dis- 
trict schools. In the shoe business he worked 
diligently until he had saved one huntlred dol- 
lars, when he began fitting himself for the 
position of a teacher, studying at a private 
school in Lee, N.H. He subsequently taught 
school winters in the towns of Lee, Madbury, 
Rochester, and Barringtnn, this State, and 
West Newbury, Mass., f(U- fifteen years, and 
worked at farming in the simimers, making his 
home in Lee, where he was one of the board 
for examining teachers. During this time 
Mr. Durgin held different local public offices. 
In 1871 and 1S72 he served in the State legis- 
lature; and in 1874, having been appointed 



Registrar of Probate of Strafford County, he 
removed with his family to Dover, where lie 
has since resided. Two years later Mr. Dur- 
gin was appointed to his present position, in 
which he is giving universal satisfaction. He 
is justly held in esteem by all who know him, 
lieing a man of strict integrity, and is often 
called upon to serve in important financial 
matters. He has probably settled more estates 
than any other person in the city, and at times 
has heltl the guardianship of as many as a 
dozen minors and pensioners at once. 

On April i8, 1.S54, Mr. Durgin marrieil 
Miss I.ydia Ann, d.nighter of iJavid and Hetsey 
Mathes, of Lee, N.H. Mrs. Durgin was a 
woman of fine character, deeply imbued with a 
religious spirit, and an active worker in the 
Advent Christian Church of Dover, whose 
house of worship was ei'ected and freed from 
debt largely through her efforts. .She was 
noted for her benevolence and generous hos|)i- 
tality, her house and home being ever open to 
pieacher ami la\'man, and to the poor and des- 
titute as well as to those of affluence and 
influence; and her deatii, which occurred 
August 5, 1893, was a severe loss t<i her 
friends and to the community. One who had 
been acquainted with I.ydia A. Mathes in 
"her school days, when a pupil of one of the 
best teachers this country ever knew, Moses 
A. Cartland, of Walnut Grove School, Lee, 
N.II.," who was a cousin of the poet Whittier, 
thus wrote of her: ■■l''iiim him whoiu she so 
admired she caught her deep sinritual insight 
and feeling which found its outlet in a formal 
profession of religious faith in the doctrines 
of the Advent Christian church at Lee in 
1854, the year of her marriage. I'"rom that 
day until the day of her death she never fal- 
tered or grew faint in well doing. Her relig- 
ion was real and aggressi\e. Her thought by 
day and her dream by night was how best to 

serve her Master. Gifted as a school girl 
with a voice of peculiar power and persuasion, 
she became gifted in ])i'ayerand hymn; anil for 
thirty-nine years that voice edified and made 
strong many fainting, doubting hearts, and 
cheered and sustained many a discouraged mis- 
sionary and preacher." 

Mr. and Mrs. Durgin had but one child, 
I'^lla Gertrude, who remains with her father. 
Politically, Mr. Durgin is an adherent of the 
Democratic Jiarty, and, religiousl}-, is a firm be- 
liever in the teachings of the Advent Christian 

,Mh:R STLPH1':N TILTON, a manu- 
facturer of hosiery in Tilton, but a 
resident of Laconia, Belknaj-) Coun- 
ty, N.H., was born in Laconia, October 11, 
1869, son of George IL and Marietta (Rand- 
lett) Tilton. 

His granilfather, Joseph S. Tilton, a worthy 
representative of one (jf the old familie^s, was 
a resident of Laconia, where he was one of the 
originators of the hosiery business, which he 
carried on successfully for many years. Dur- 
ing the Civil War he was First Lieutenant, 
but served as Captain, of Company H, in the 
Twelfth New Hampshire Regiment, and was 
wounded at Chancellorsville. He married 
l^etsy Ham, who lived near Strafford, N.IL; 
and they had four children. Grandfather 'I'il- 
ton died in 1879. 

George IL Tilton, the father of l':imerS., 
was formerly in the hosiery business in 
Laconia. In 1S91 he removed the industry to 
Tilton, N.IL, where he still manages it with 
excellent financial returns. He also ser\-ed in 
the Rebellion, in ComiKiny D, Fourth New 
Hampshire Regiment. In the engagement 
before Petersburg, Va., he received a sini- 
stroke. His wife was a tiaughter of Osgood 
Randlett, who belonged to one of the oldest 


families in ]5clmoiit, N.II. Mrs. Tilton died 
when IClnier S., tiicir only child, was but four 
years of age. Mr. Tilton was a Representa- 
tive to the legislature during 1891-92. 

Klmcr S. Tilton was graduated at the 
Laconia High School in the class of 1SS7, and 
has since been associated in business with his 
father in Tilton. In politics Mr. Tilton affil- 
iates w-jth the Republican party. He is a 
member of the Republican City Committee, 
and is reputed to be one of the hardest party 
workers in Ward Three. In 1894 he was de- 
feated in his cantlidacy as a Representative 
to the legislature by only si.x votes, and in 
1896 he was elected to the office. He is also 
one of the Auditors for Belknap County. 

In 1S92 he was united in marriage with 
Lilian G., a daughter of E. B. Harrington, of 
this city. Mr. and Mrs. Elmer S. Tilton have 
two sons — Charles Henry and Elmer Har- 
rington. Fraternally, Mr. Tilton is a member 
of Mount Lebanon Lodge, No. t,2, V. & 
A. M. ; Union Royal Arch Chapter, No. 7, 
Pilgrim Commandery, K. T. : and Mount Bel- 
kna]3 Lodge, No. 20, K. P. — all of Laconia. 
He is also a thirty-second degree l\Iason, being 
a member of Edward A. Raymond Consistory, 
of Nashua. N.H. He also belongs to Aleppo 
Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Boston, Mass. 

WILLARD T. SANBORN, the super- 
intendent of the Dover Water 
Works, was horn September 26, 
1859, at South New Market (now Newfields), 
Rockingham County, this State. His father, 
Rufus Sanborn, a native of lipping, N.H., 
was there reared, and subsequently worked 
there as a mechanic. Moving to Rockingham 
County after his marriage, Rufus continued at 
his former occu]-)ation, and is still residing 
there, being now about seventy years old. He 

married Clara P. Paul, of South New Market, 
N.H., who died August 23, i860, after having 
been his faithful and devoted companion for 
many years. They were the parents of two 
children — Alice P. and Willard T. 

Willard T. .Sanborn, who early showed a 
natural talent for mechanics, soon after gratlu- 
ating from the district schools, was sent by 
his parents to the Institute of Technology in 
Boston. Here he took a full course in the 
mechanical department, spending his vaca- 
tions in a machine shop. On leaving the in- 
stitute, he served an aiiprenticeshii^ in a 
machine shop, becoming an efficient machin- 
ist. Mr. Sanborn then secured a position as 
fireman on the Boston & Maine Railroad. 
About a year later, July 24, 1880, he was ap- 
pointed engineer on the same road, remaining 
in that capacity until January, 1886. He was 
then offered, and he accepted, the responsible 
position of superintendent of the Dover Gas 
Light Company at Dover, an office which he 
filled to the utmost satisfaction of the com- 
pany for seven years. On March i, 1894, he 
assumed charge of the city water-works of 
Dover, of which he is still the sujierintendent, 
his management being strongly characterized 
by good judgment and skill. 

On March 17, 1S86, Mr. Sanborn married 
Miss limma J. Manson, of Boston, a daughter 
of John T. and Mary J. (Sawyer) Manson. 
He is identified with the Republican party, 
being one of the most ardent advocates of its 
]5rincii)les. He was a member of the Common 
Council in 1890 and 1S91, serving in the 
latter _\ear as I'resident of the I?oard ; and in 
1892 and 1893 he was an Alderman, represent- 
ing Ward Two. Besides being a Knight of 
Pythias, he is prominently connected with the 
Masonic order, in which he has attained the 
tliirty-second degree, and belongs to the Scot- 
tish Rite. 


KORGE U. BROWN, M.D., of Gil- 
manton, where he is :i popiihir and 
successful physician, is a native of 
Haverhill, Mass., born April 3, 1.S53. He is 
a son of Horace and Valeria (Clarke) Brown, 
and a grandson of Kbenezer Brown. The 
latter, who was a resident of .Sanhornton, 
N.H., and carried on farming on a large scale, 
served as a Major in the War of 18 12, was 
prominent in the .State militia, represented 
Sanhornton in the New Hampshire legislature, 
and served acceptably in some town offices. 
He married Susan Taylor, who belonged to an 
old family of Sanhornton, and who l)ore him 
three children — Jonathan C, Theodocia, and 
Horace. Theodocia first married Ehen Tay- 
lor, a merchant, by whom she had two chil- 
dren — Kate and Eveana. Eveana is now the 
widow of John P. Piper, and lives in New 
Hamilton, N.H. Eor her second husband 
Tlieoilocia married Charles Cawley, a large 
farmer of Sanhornton, by whom she has had no 
children. Horace Brown, the third child of 
his parents, after attending the schools of .San- 
hornton and New Hampton, went into a mer- 
cantile business on his own account. Subse- 
quently he kept the American House in Haver- 
hill, Mass., for many years. Erom Haverhill 
he went to Boston, and there continued in tlie 
hotel business for some time longer. Tlien he 
returned to the homestead in Sanhornton, and 
engaged in farming. His wife, Valeria M., 
was a daughter of Archibald S. Clarke, a mer- 
chant of Sanhornton. They had two children 
— Ella A. and George H. Ella married Jere- 
miah L. h'ogg, who is engaged in the meat 
business in Manchester, N.H. 

George H. Brown was, like his sister, a 
student of Tilton Seminary. After leaving 
school he engaged in the meat business in Bel- 
mont. Later he drove a stage between Gilman- 
ton and Tilton for two years, and then con- 

ducted a grocery store for an equal length of 
time. Influenced by his association witli Dr. 
Wiglit, of Gilmanton, whose friendshii) he had 
acquired, he gave up trade, and turned his 
attention to the study of medicine. After 
spending four years under Dr. Wight's tui- 
tion, he took a three years' course of medical 
lectures at Vermont University in ]5urlington, 
and there received his degree of Doctor of 
Medicine in 1882. Thereupon he entered 
upon his profession in association with Dr. 
Wiglit, and quickly made his way in the 
esteem of the public. Upon the latter's death 
Dr. Brown assumed entire charge of the prac- 
tice, whicli covers a circuit of some six miles 
around the village of Gilmanton. Much in- 
terested in horses, the Doctor acquired posses- 
sion of one which he recently sold for fifteen 
hundred dollars. He takes quite an active 
part in town affairs. He served as Town 
Clerk for three years, and was legislative Rep- 
resentative for two terms. 

On December 31, 1889, Dr. Brown married 
Miss Henrietta Orange, of Gilmanton. Her 
father, Henry S. Orange, a retired merchant 
of Gilmanton, had an extensive business in 
Lowell, Mass., for many years, and was a 
mem])er of the city government. Dr. and 
Jilrs. ISrown have one child, George Clinton, 
now two years old. 

Dover, N.H., is the head of the well- 
known family of Lothrops, whose senior 
members are leading business men in New 
Hampshire and in Boston, Mass. He was 
born November 30, 1S26, in Rochester, Straf- 
ford County, N.H., son of Daniel and Sophia 
(Home) Lothrop. 

The family history has been traced back to 
John Lowthorpe, of whom little more is known 


than that about the middle of the sixteenth 
century he lived in T.owthnrpe, Yorkshire, 
luigland. It is assumed that he derived his 
name, which signifies low field, from that 
of tlie town, in accordance with the practice 
of the time of distinguishing individuals by 
their paternity, birthplace, occupation, or 
some local feature associated with them. His 
son Thomas is known to have resided in Bur- 
ton Cherry and subsequently in Elton, and to 
have had two sons, John and Mark, who are 
believed to have been natives of the latter 
place. John, who was a minister of religion, 
after laboring at his sacred calling in I'^gerton, 
County Kent, for some time, became a non- 
conformist, and subsequently was pastor of the 
Separatist church established in South wark, 
London. At a later date, after suffering im- 
prisonment for his religious opinions, the 
Rev. John Lothrop and his brother Mark came 
in the ship "Griffin "" to this country; and he 
was ]iastor of the I'"irst Church in Scituate, 
Mass., in 1634, and of the First Church in 
Barnstable in 1639. 

After residing for short periods in Salem 
and Du.xbury, Mark settled permanently in 
Bridgewater, Mass., where he died in 16S6. 
11 is son, Samuel Lothrop, a native of ]]ridge- 
water, married Sarah Downer, who had by 
him a son Mark, also a native of that place, 
born September 9, 1689. This Mark, who 
was one of the first settlers of Easton, Mass., 
and died there in i///, married March 29, 
1722, Hannah Alden, a daughter of Deacon 
Jose])h Alden, of Bridgewater, and a great- 
grand-daughter of John Alden, who came in 
the "Mayflower." Their son Jonathan, who 
was born in Bridgewater, March 11, 1723, and 
died in 1771, married on April 13, 1746, 
Susanna, a daughter of Solomon and Susanna 
(Ivdson) Johnson, of Bridgewater. Jonathan's 
son Solomon, the grandfather of the subject of 

this sketch, born in Easton, February 9, 1761, 
was for some time a resident of Norton, ;\Iass., 
where he died October 19, 1843. His wife, 
Mehitable, was a daughter of Cornelius White, 
of Taunton, Mass. 

Daniel Lothrop, son of Solomon and Mehit- 
able Lothrop, was born in Easton, Mass., Jan- 
uary 9, 1801. In 1827 he removed to Roches- 
ter, N.H., and there bought a farm situated on 
Haven's Hill. At first he worked at his trade 
of stone mason. Subsequently he joined his 
sons in a clothing business in Dover, with 
branch houses in Rochester and Great l<"alls, 
Luider the firm name of Daniel Lothrop & Sons. 
He was much respected in Rochester, where 
he took a prominent part in public affairs. 
He was twice married. His first marriage was 
contracted October 16, 1825, with Sophia 
Home, daughter of Deacon Jeremiah Ilorne, 
of Rochester. She was a descendant of Will- 
iam Home, who was one of the settlers of 
Dover in 1662, and who met his tleath in the 
massacre of June 2S, 1689. Home's Hill, 
the estate left by him, is still in the posses- 
sion of the family. Another of Sophia's an- 
cestors was the Rev. Joseph Hull, a graduate 
of Cambridge University, England, who in 
\f>62 took up his residence in Durham, N.H. 
]iy his second marriage, which took place Sep- 
tember 24, 1849, Daniel Lothrop was united 
to Mary F.. Chamberlin. His children by 
both wives were: James l-^lbridge, the subject 
of this article; John Colby, born September 
12, 1828: Daniel, born August 11, 1831; 
Matthew Henry, born January i, 1851; and 
Mary Sophia, born August 15, 1S53. The 
parents were members of the Methodist 
church. The father died May 31, 1S70. 

James lilbridge. Lothro)^ spent the first fif- 
teen years of his life on the Haven's Hill farm 
in Rochester. His early education was ac- 
(|uired by attending the district school in win- 


ter. In the summer he was usually employed 
on the farm. On the frequent occasions that 
Daniel Lothnip was obliged to be absent from 
home in the pursuit of his calling, the superin- 
tendence of the farm work was intrusted to 
James E. , as the eldest son. Among the 
duties that devolved on him in this way at the 
age of ten was that of taking loads of wood to 
Dover and making sale of them in the market- 
place. Having finished with the district 
school, he attended the Rochester and Straf- 
ford Academies for a short time. At the age 
of sixteen he taught for brief periods suc- 
cessively in a winter school and a [irivate 
school in Rochester. 

In the following year, abandoning his pur- 
pose of inu'suing a collegiate course, he went 
to Fall River, Mass., where his uncle, Jere- 
miah Home, besides attending to a lucrative 
medical practice, conducted a flourishing 
drug store. Here, learning the drug business 
under his uncle's instruction, Mr. Lothrop 
jjassed two years, in the course of which he 
also began to read medicine. Early in 1845 
he went home to Rochester; and in the 
autumn, upon a capital of three hundred dol- 
lars borrowed from his father, he opened a 
drug store in Dover. A year later he gave it 
in charge to his brother, in order to be able 
to pursue his medical studies. He subse- 
quently attended the winter lectures at Jeffer- 
.son Medical College, Philadelphia, and ob- 
tained his medical ilegree from that institution 
in 1848. His plan was to follow Mr. Horne'.s 
e.xample by uniting the practice of medicine 
to the dispensing of drugs. This he found 
impracticable soon after his return to Roches- 
ter, wliereupon he tlevoted himself exclusively 
to the management of his store. 

At this time he took his brother Daniel into 
partnership, and they adopted as the firm 
name D. Lothrop & Co. The next important 

event in this firm's history was the oiiening of 
another drug store in New Market, N.H., 
under the management of Daniel. Shuitly 
after, a third brother, John C, was taken into 
the firm, and sent to New Market to learn the 
business. Other stores were then established 
in Great Falls, Meredith Village, and Ames- 
bury. When John C^ was duly qualified, he 
was placed in charge of the store in Great 
Falls. Subsequently the stores in New Mar- 
ket, Meredith, and Amesbury were disposed 
of; and the firm made a new departure by 
opening a clothing house in Great Falls. 
'Lhis venture proved so nuich niore profitable 
than the drug store in the same town tliat the 
latter was abandoned in order that John C. 
might give the former his whole attention. 
The establishment in Dover, however, had 
been so successful that the firm were encour- 
aged to open another there. This was con- 
ducted solely by clerks until 1866, when it 
was sold. At the original store further help 
in the management became necessary; and a 
half-interest was disposed of to Alonzo T. 
Pinkham, after which the place was conducted 
under the style of Lothrops & Pinkham. 

Later, taking their father into partneiship, 
the brothers formed the firm Daniel Lothrop 
& Sons, who thereupon opened a clothing 
house in Dover and branches in Rochester 
and Great Falls. After the death of Daniel 
Lothrop, Sr., Matthew Henry Lothrop, who 
had been employed as a salesman by the firm, 
bought an interest in the clothing business 
here, and was in charge of it until 18S0, wdien 
he went to Boston. Charles H. Farnham was 
then admitted as a partner; and the firm name 
became Lothrt)ps, Farnham & Co. Some time 
before, musical instruments had been added to 
the stock in trade. The business of the house 
has since increased to dimensions scarcely 
equalled in New lingland. 


In 1.S50 D. Lothroi) & Co. first engaged in 
the business of booksellers by purehasing the 
stoek of Jilijah Wadleigh, of Dover. Having 
carried it on with retail and jobbing depart- 
ments, and pulilishing now and again for some 
time, they decided to enter a wider field. For 
til is [unpose the business was removed to Bos- 
:on. Here their first store was located on 
Cornhill. In February, 1876, the Cornhill 
stand was abandoned for one on Franklin 
Street, which in turn was forsaken for one on 
Washington Street. In 1S90 the publishing 
firm was organized as a corporation, under the 
st\le of the D. Lothrop Comixin\-. Their 
advent in the wider field justified their most 
sanguine anticipations. As publishers they 
acquired a national reputation, and they prob- 
ably became known wherever the Itnglish lan- 
guage was spoken. They were especially suc- 
cessful with books and other ])ublications for 
the \'oung, for whom they employed some of 
the most accomplished pens and the deftest 
pencils. Their periodicals — Babyland, Pansy, 
LUtlc Mai ami Women, and Wide Awake — 
attained a unique degree of excellence. All 
this was chiefly due to the business sagacity of 
Daniel Lothrop. 

The financial management of the main firm, 
as well as the exclusive direction of the Dover 
establishments, remained from the beginning 
in the hands of James Elbridge Lothrop. 
After the death of his brother, Daniel Lothrop, 
in 1892, he purchased the entire property of 
D. Lothrop & Co. in New Hampshire, but 
subsequently soUl that part of it located in 
Great Falls to his brother John C. Lothrop. 
The publishing house he carried on conjointly 
with Mrs. Daniel Lothrop for two years longer, 
and then became convinced that the magnitude 
of his interests, together with his advancing 
years, demanded a change. Accordingly, with 
tlie consent uf his late brother's wife and John 

C. Lothrop, he organized the Lothrop Publish- 
ing Company, as successors to the D. Lothnjp 
Com})any, but bound to carry on the business 
upon the princii:)les and iilans of the original 
founders of the house. At the same time he 
withdrew from the management, and has since 
devoted himself to the care of his various 
establishments in New Hampshire. Regard- 
ing his other business connections it will 
suffice to mention that James E. Lothrop was 
chosen Director of the Cocheco National Bank 
in 185S, Vice-President in 1873, and has been 
its President since 1876: he was made a 
Director of the Cocheco Aqueduct Association 
in 1S71, the clerk of the association in 1872, 
and the President in 1875; and that he has 
been a Director of the Portsmouth & Dover 
Railroad, of the Eliab Bridge Company, of the 
Dover Street Railroad Company, and the Pres- 
ident respectively of the Dover Board of Trade 
and the Dover Improvement Association. 

In 1852, September 29, Mr. Lothrop was 
united in matrimony with Mary E. Morrill, a 
daughter of Joseph Morrill, of Amesbury, 
Mass. Mr. Morrill, who was interested in the 
Cocheco Manufacturing Company of Dover, in 
the course of time acquired a large amount of 

! real estate, the care of which became his prin- 
cipal occupation in his later years. Mr. 
Lothrop has been a teacher in the Methodist 
Sunday-school over forty years. Mr. and Mrs. 
Lothrop are members of the Methodist church. 
In politics he supports the Republicm party. 
In 1872 Mr. Lothrop represented Dover in the 
State legislature, and in 1S82 and 1S83 he was 
Mayor of the city. The origin of the Dover 
public library was largely due to his persever- 
ing efforts. Devotion to the public welfare 
has been a characteristic of Mr. Lothrop in his 
private capacity as well as in his official life. 
He has been prominent in all movements de- 

1 signed for the moral elevation or material good 


of the community in wiiicli he has resided. 
Eminently successful in business without de- 
scendini; to ignoble means, and doin-j,' l;()0(1 (jn 
the way as the occasion served, Mr. Lothrop 
retiects hi-h credit iii)on the business men of 
New luigland. 

firm O. & E. Morrison, manufact- 
-ers of woollen goods in Northfield, 
N.H., w^as born in that town, November 2, 
1S62, son of Byron K. ami Hannah (Munsey) 
Morrison. His great-grandfather. I-:benezer 
Morrison, a native of Northfield, followed 
the trade of a tanner and currier in addition to 

Thomas L. Morrison, the grandfather, was 
born in Northfield, December 27, 1S13. He 
followed his father's trade for several years, 
and then purchased a farm in his native town, 
where he became a successful general farmer 
and stock-raiser, and still resides. In politics 
he is a Republican. He married Susan 
Capen, and has had five children, namely: 
Byron K., who is no longer living; George 
P.; Mary; Nellie Susan; and Obadiah G. 
Nellie Susan married George F. Chase, of 
Northfield. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Mor- 
rison are members of the Congregational 
church. Byron K. Morrison, born in North- 
field in 1840, learned the tanner's and cur- 
rier's trade, and subsequently worked at it 
until the outbreak of the Rebellion, when he 
enlisted as a private in Company G, Twelfth 
Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers. He 
contracted typhoid fever while in service, re- 
turned to Gilford, N.II., and died of a relapse 
soon after. He married Hannah Mun.sey, 
daughter of George W. Munsey, of Gilford; 
and Edwin G., the subject of this sketch, is 
the only child of the marriage. 

Edwin George Morri 
when his father died, w 
maternal grandparents 
nuireil a district-school 

nit ten months n\d 
rought up by his 
Gilford. He ac- 
cation, and at the 

age of fourteen began work in Richard l''irth's 
woollen-mill, of which he is now part [iroprie- 
tor. After spending a year and a half in the 
finishing-room, he received charge of the same 
department of another mill of Mr. l-'irth's in 
Ashland, N.H., where he had been employed 
for five years when his health became im- 
paired. He was ne.xt employed in a wdiolesale 
paper store in Washington, D.C., for a year; 
and in June, 1886, he went to Los Angeles, 
Cal., where he stayetl until the following 
March. L'pon his return to New Hampshire 
he formed a partnership with his uncle, under 
the firm name of O. & E. Morrison, for the 
purpose of carrying on the woollen manufact- 
uring business. They bought a shoddy-mill 
in Northfield, and have prosperously conducted 
it since. They employ ninety hands. The 
mill and their woollen looms have been run- 
ning night antl day for the past two years in 
filling their orders. Their goods find a 
market principally in the West. 

On February 25, i8gi, Mr. Morrison was 
united in marriage with Carrie B. Glines, 
daughter of James and Abigail (Chajinian) 
Glines. Having had no children born to 
them; Mr. and Mrs. Morrison are bringing up 
Gladys Belle Healey, a daughter of Mrs. Mor- 
rison's deceased sister. 

Mr. Morrison is actively interested in pub- 
lic affairs. In 1896 the Republicans elected 
him legislative Representative of Tilton, 
where he resides. On that occasion he polled 
the largest vote ever thrown for a legislative 
candidate in Tilton, receiving a majority of 
one hundred and si.xty-eight, although Tilton 
is a Democratic town. He was made a Mason 
in Ashland, and is a Past Master of the lodge 


in that town. At the present time he is Wor- 
shipful Master of Doric Lodge and a member 
of St. Omer Ciiaiiter in Franklin. He is also 
connected with Clark Camp, Sons of Veterans, 
and is a charter member of Mount Belknap 
Lodge, Ancient Order of United Workmen. 
Both he and Mr.s. Morrison attend the Con- 
gretrational church. 

.B1-:RT V. SICAVICV, the junior mem- 
ber of the enterprising firm of J. 
Frank .Seavey & Co., clothing deal- 
ers of Dover, and well deserving the high 
regard generally accortled him in the city, was 
born December 29, 1843, in the town of Roch- 
ester, this county, son of Samuel F. and Eliza 
K. (Ham) -Seavey, both of whom were lifelong 
residents of that place. A fuller ancestral 
history will be found on another page, in the 
sketch of J. Frank Seavey. 

Albert I'. Seavey was reared on the old 
homestead in his native town, receiving his 
education in the old Rochester Academy. 
During his youthful days, when not busy at 
his studies, he assistctl in the daily labors of 
the farm. Subsequently, not finding these 
occupations congenial to his tastes, he sought 
other employment. Coming to Dover when a 
youth of eighteen summers, he secured work 
in a shoe factory, where he remained four 
years. At the expiration of that time he and 
his brother, J. Frank Seavey, united their 
forces and funds, and established their present 
business. They have an extensive and lucra- 
tive trade in clothing of all kinds, under the 
s]3ecial management of the younger brother; 
and their store is one of the largest of its class 
in Dover. Mr. Seavey is likewise connected 
with the firm of Charles H. Seavey & Co., 
prominent lumber manufacturers and dealers 
of this city. A man of excellent judgment 

and tact, Mr. Seavey has met with eminent 
success in his career, ami holds a high rank 
among the substantial men of Dover anil 

On July 31, 1S83, Mr. Seavey married Miss 
Marietta I<"ogg, a daughter of Charles F. and 
Rebecca F. (Webster) Fogg, of this city. 
The union has been blessed by the birth of 
five children — Alice F., Marion W., Harry 
L., Helen Grace, and Catherine. Politically, 
Mr. .Seavey is a stanch advocate of the princi- 
jdes of the Democratic party; and he has taken 
a prominent part in local affairs. In 1874 and 
1875 he was a member of the Common C<juncil 
from Ward Two, he represented the same dis- 
trict in the State legislature throughout the 
succeeding two years, and in 1874 he served 
as a member of the staff of Governor James A. 
Weston. An active and influential w-orker in 
Masonic circles, he has taken the thirty-second 
degree of the order. He is also a member of 
Olive Branch Lodge, No. 6, K. of P., Uniform 
Rank; of the Knights of Honor; and of the 
Improved Order of Red Men. Religiously, 
he is not connected with any organized body, 
while he is a regular attendant of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal church, of which his wife is a 

RTHUR H. LAMPREY, a successful 
farmer and prominent resident of Bel- 
mont, was born where he now re- 
sides, November 15, 1841, son of Asa and 
Deborah (Sanborn) Lamprey. The farm 
which Mr. Lamprey owns and occupies was 
purchased by his father in 1S28. Asa Lam- 
prey, who was an upright, conscientious man 
and a useful citizen, gained the sincere esteem 
of his fellow-townsmen by his personal virtues 
and his valuable public services, and died July 
31, 1850. He was a member of the Board of 
Selectmen for a number of years, represented 



this tdwii in tlic lcL;i,sIaturc, ami in politics 
supported the Democratic party. His wife, 
Deborah, whom he married November 25, 
1830, was a daughter of Jonathan Sanborn, a 
prosperous farmer of Gilmanton. Ancestors 
of the Sanborn family were among the first 
settlers in this section. Mr. and Mrs. Asa 
Lamprey were the parents of ten children; 
namely, Alfred A., limily A,, l-'rances AI., 
George H., Laura O., Arthur 1 1., Sarah A., 
Mary K., Clara M., and Juliet A. Alfred A., 
who was for a number of years in the grocery 
business in Lawrence, Mass., is now Manager 
and Treasurer of the Lawrence Lumber Com- 
pany. He wedded Matilda A. Gamble, of 
Linneus, Me., and has had five children — 
Frances Kate, Alfred Edwin, Lelia Matilda, 
Alice l<:ila, and Clara May. Clara May died 
young. Emily A. Lamprey is the wife of 
J. W. Rice, the President of the United 
States Gutta-percha I'aiiU Company of Provi- 
dence, R.L, ami has two children. Frances 
M. Lamprey married .Samuel N. Weston, 
a reeil manufacturer of p^itchburg, Mass. 
George H. Lamprey servetl in Company K, 
I^urteenth Regiment, Massachusetts Volun- 
teers, during the Civil War, reaching the 
rank of Cajitain. He was in the grocery 
business in Litchfield, Mass., for several 
years, and died in Laconia, N.IL, in 1881. 
By his wife, Adeline L. (h'arrar) Lamprey, a 
native of Belmont, he became the father of 
five children — Clarence I'i., Howard A., 
Christina, Lillian A., and ]•:. Gertrude. 
Laura O. Lamprey in 1871 married A. \V. 
Kimball, of Lawrence, Mass., and died in 
1874. Sarah A. died in Providence in 1874. 
Mary K. is a book-keeper for the United 
States Gutta-jiercha Paint Company, Provi- 
dence, R.L Clara M., after teaching school 
for some years in Laconia and Belmont, be- 
came the wife of Benjamin W. Gallup, who is 

in the brokerage and insurance business in 
Providence, and has six children. Juliet A. 
Lamprey is em|3loyed as a book-keeper " in 
Providence, R.L Mrs. Asa Lamprey died 
October 29, 18S0. 

Arthur H. Lamprey acquired a good practi- 
cal education. Owing to the death of his 
father, he was compelled to take charge of. the 
farm at an early age. After his majority he 
bought the interests of the other heirs, and by 
making additions to the property now owns 
two huntlred and twenty-five acres of excellent 
land. He has made various imjirovements in 
the buildings, considerably enhancing the 
value of his farm. He raises the usual crops, 
while making a specialty of the milk business. 

On November 15, 1866, Mr. Lamprey was 
united in marriage with PZmma James, daugh- 
ter of Annis C. James, of Gilford, N.H. She 
has had six children, as follows: Nellie Bird, 
who died aged one year; liva Emma; Carleton 
A.; Laura B. ; Leonard A.; and Sarah K. 
Eva Emma, who graduated from the Laconia 
High School, having stood high in her class, 
taught school until August, 1S96, when she 
resigned. Carleton A. was educated at the 
New Hampshire Literary Institute, and is now 
in the milk business with his father. Mrs. 
Lamprey died December 5, 1895. Mr. Lam- 
prey is a member of the Second Free Baptist 
Church, and is at present acting as clerk. 
Always temperate in his own habits, he is a 
strong advocate of prohibition. His activity 
in religious and other matters related to the 
general good of the community places him 
among the leading citizens of Belmont. 

I formerly a prominent physician of Til- 
* ton, was born in Piermont, N. H., June 
1833, son of Cyrus and Sally C. (Thrasher) 


His latlK 


N.ll., anil was re 

mont. He follow 

on the honiestcail, whicl 

died in I'icrmont. Hi; 

a native of Camli.i, beea 

was a native of Candia, 
1 and edneated in I'ier- 
lie oeenpation of farmer 

fe, Sally, who was 
the mother of four 

children, three of whom attained maturity. 
These were: James 1'., the subject of this 
sketch; Adelbert, a resident of Bradford, Vt. : 
and Adelaide Sarah, who married William 
Hibbard, of Piermont. Hoth parents were 
members of the Methodist Episcopal church, 
and the father was the steward of the society 
for many years. 

James Prescott Osborne acquired his early 
education in the coaimon schools and at the 
seminary in Newbury, Vt. He read medicine 
with Dr. Watkins, of Newbury, and Dr. 
I'Vench, of Warren, N.I I., and was graduated 
from Dartmouth College with the class of 
1S55. While pursuing his studies he taught 
scho<d in Piermont, Haverhill, and other 
towns. His medical practice was commenced 
in 1-Vlchville, Vt., where he resided for nearly 
ten yeais. and acquired a good business. Not 
content, however, became to Tilton in Novem- 
ber, 1S64, and subsequently was associated 
with Dr. H. Lyford for some time. Afterward 
he worked at his profession alone, having calls 
from all the neighboring towns, and for some 
years keeping an office in Franklin, which he 
visited daily. It is said that he was never 
known to refuse a call for his services on ac- 
count of the poverty of the patient, and many 
have good cause to remember his kind and 
charitable dis])osition. He was regarded as 
one of the leading physicians in this part of 
the State, and he was much sought for in cases 
where consultation was deemed necessary. 
He invested to some extent in business enter- 
prises, having been one of the incorporators of 
the Tilton Hosiery Com|)any ; and he was its 


.■t t( 

'resident until his decease. His upri-ht 
haracter, integrity, and genial bearing 
:ained for him the resiiect of his fellow- 
and his death, which occurred 
1895, was the cause of sincere 
1. In politics he was a Republi- 
can. Though tleeply interested in public 
affairs, he never aspired to office. He was 
affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd 

On March 18, 1855, I^''- Osborne was 
united in marriage with Sarah P. .Stanyan, 
daughter of Newell Stanyan of Wentwcn'th, 
N.H. Mrs. Osborne's grandfather, Jonathan 
Stanyan, born in 1770, died in 1805. His 
wife, in maidenhood Martha Hook, was born 
in 17G8. Newell Stanyan, Mrs. Osborne's 
father, was born in Chichester, N.H., March 
30, 1798. After marriage he moved to a farm 
in Wentworth, where he followed the carpen- 
ter's trade and farming, and died October 9, 
1 88 1. He married Hannah H. Drake, who 
became tlie mother of eight children, seven of 
whom grew uj): namely, Jonathan, David, 
Newell, John, Martha, James, and Sarah P. 
Of these Sarah P., now Mv.-i. Osborne, is the 
only survivor. Mrs. Newell Stanyan died 
December 15, 1875. Mrs. Osborne is a mem- 
ber of the Methodist Episcopal church. She 
has had one daughter, Flora G., born in 1S63, 
who was a graduate of the New Hampshire 
Conference Seminary and Female College, and 
died in 1S88. 

f^A ness man d 
/Jl\^ Laconia. 

DOF was a successful busi- 

I a i)rominent citizen of 

He was born here, June 

I, 180S. Being left fatherless at a tender 

age, young Doe was bound out to James Hoyt, 

of Gilford. In early boyhood he displayed 

I the same thoughtful antl ambitious nature 


which cliaracteTizetl his career in after life. 
I'oiiitinj;- uiie clay to a strip of land lyini; be- 
tween the lake and the Meredith highway, 
he told his young companions that he would 
own it some time: and his assertion ]3roved 
correct. lie remained with Mr. Iloyt in Gil- 
ford until released at the expiration of the 
stipulated time. Then he went to l^oston, 
and resided there f(ir some time. When the 
project of dredging the channel at the outlet 
of the lake was init into operation, he returned 
to Laconia, and was employed as a foreman on 
the work until it was completed. .Subsequent 
to his marriage he resided with his father-in- 
law, lilliott Blaisdell, whom he assisted in 
carrying on the farm. This property, which 
fell to his wife after her father's death, in 
course of time was increased by Mr. Doe to 
about three times its former size. Besides 
carrying on the farm, he established and con- 
ducted a brick-yard, engaged in handling real 
estate, and was one of the most energetic 
business men this city has ever known. fie 
was one of the first men in this section to 
champion the Abolition cause. As an active 
supiiorter of the Republican party from the 
time of its formation, he served as a Select- 
man for a number of years, anil acceptably 
represented the town in the State legislature 
for a period. Able in argument and well in- 
formed in most topics of interest, but es- 
pecially in finance, he frequently worsted 
some of the best debaters in Laconia. He 
was a lover of truth and justice, espoused 
the cause of morality whenever opportunity 
permitted, was a generous contributor to all 
worthy charities and a strict observer of the 
Sabbath. His influence in the community 
was most beneficial; and his death, which 
occurred August i, 1887, when he was over 
seventy-nine years old, was keenly regretted 
by his neighbors. 

Mr. Doe married Mahala, daughter of IClliott 
Blaisdell, a well-known resident of Laconia. 
She became the mother of three children — 
Morrill B., Lydia E., and Eliza. Morrill ]5. , 
who met with an accident which necessitated 
the amputation of a leg, died from the effects 
of that operation, December 25, 1882, aged 
forty-eight years, leaving two children. Ik- 
was a member of Meredith Lodge, I. O. O. V. 
Lydia E. and Eliza were graduated from the 
New Hampshire Conference Seminary. Lydia 
]•:., who married the late O. P. Warner, then 
a woollen manufacturer of Ashland, N.H., 
resides at the homestead. Eliza married 
William J. Morrison, who is now managing 
the business formerly carried on by the late 
Mr. Doe. Mr. Morrison, born in Plymouth, 
N.H., September 29, 1846, was educated in 
the district schools of Plymouth, and at the 
age of eighteen began life as a farmer. After 
nine years spent in the employment of Augus- 
tus Doe, he became a brakeman on the Boston, 
Concord & Montreal Railroad. P'rom this 
position he worked his way forward to that of 
passenger conductor, in which capacity he 
served for four years. Pie resigned in 18S2 
on account of the extreme old age of his 
father-in-law and the untimely death of the 
latter's son, and took charge of the farm and 
brick business. The property contains four 
hundred acres of land. Mr. Morrison makes a 
specialty of the milk business. Politically, 
he is a Republican. lie was elected to the 
first City Council of Laconia, in which body 
he served for three years. 

§AMES L. TWOMBLY, a prosperous 
farmer of Milton, and a veteran of the 
Civil War, was born June 28, 1840, in 
the house where he now resides, son of Lewis 
B. and Jane (Lord) Twombly. His great- 


grandfather, James Twonibly, was one of the 
first settlers of I'armin<;t()n, N.H. Mis 
grandfather, James Twombly (second), came 
to Milton when the town was in its infancy. 

Lewis 15. Twombly, father of James 1.., was 
born in Farmington, and accom]ianied his 
parents to Milton when he was two years old. 
When a young man he learned the stone cut- 
ters' trade, which he followed in Boston for 
ten years. While there he helped to build the 
wall around Deer Island. From Boston he 
returned to this town, where he spent the rest 
of his life in tilling the soil. The house he 
occupied, which is now ownetl by his son, is 
one of the oldest in Milton, and was originally 
the property of Lieutenant I'llijah Horn. In 
an ujiper room, which was then unfinished, 
were held the first town meetings of Milton; 
and for some years it was customary for the 
people of the North-east Parish to hold relig- 
ious services here on Suntla^s. Here old Par- 
son Hasy, of Lebanon, and Parson Haven, of 
Newbury Plains, delivered eloquent discourses 
on the Word, and taught the way to salvation. 
The children of the settlers and the early con- 
verts were baptized in this room. Lewis B. 
Twombly died March ii, 1S92, aged eighty- 
four years, five months, and four days. He 
married Jane Ford, a native of Berwick, Me., 
and by her became the father of four children, 
of whom the only survivor is James L., the 
subject of this sketch. 

James L. Twombly grew to manhood as a 
farmer, and his education was accjuired in the 
comm')n schools. In 1861 he enlisted in 
Company K, Third Regiment, New Hamp- 
shire Volunteer Infantry, which was attacheil 
to Terry's Division, Tenth Army Corps. He 
served for thirty-seven months in the Civil 
War, successively in the capacities of private 
and Corporal. He survived the dangers of 
several notable battles in the X'irginia cam- 

paign, including those of the Wilderness, 
I'"ort Wagner, and Drewry's Bluff; and he 
was discharged in August, 1864. After his 
return from the army he settled upon the home 
farm, which is situated upon the main ro.ul 
leading from Miltun to Milton Mills; and 
there he has been engaged in general farming 
since. In politics he acts with the Democratic 
party, but has never aspired to public office. 

Mr. Twombly married Lizzie A. Downs, a 
daughter of Otis P. and Rebecca (Jenkins) 
Downs, of Farmington. He is a member of 
Miltonia Lodge, I. O. O. I*". ; and a comrade 
of Post Fli Wentworth, No. S^j, G. A. R., of 
this town. Both he and Mrs. Twombly attend 
the Consiretrational church. 

DWIN H. SHANNON, a prominent 
wyer of Laconia, was born in Gilman- 
ton, N.H., :\Iarch ,S, 185S, son of 
James C. and Judith Webster (Ibtchelder) 
Shainion. The Shannon family were among 
the early settlers of Portsmouth. George 
Shannon, grandfather of Fdwin H., was a 
native of Portsmouth, and a su[)[iorter of the 
Democratic party. When a young man he 
settled in Gilmanton, where he spent the rest 
of his life uiion a farm ; and he died at the age 
of eighty years. He married Sally Tibbetts, 
a native of Alton, N.H., and was the father of 
nine children; namely, Ira, Stephen, George,' 
I'^phraim, Nathaniel, James C, John, Charles, 
and Ann Charles died young. 

James C. .Shannon, who was born in Gil- 
manton, and is one of the best-known residents 
of that town, s|)ent the active period of hi.s 
life in agricultural pursuits. Although he is 
now seventy-four years old, he is still active. 
His wife, Judith, was born in Loudon, Merri- 
mack County, and is a relative of the famous 
American statesman, Daniel Webster. She 


has had four children, as follows: Frank K. 
Shannon, M.D., a successful physician and a 
schiilar "f unusual ability, who died in Gil- 
nianton at the age of thirty-seven years; Edwin 
II., the subject of this sketch; Mary 15., 
whose death occurred on the same night as 
that of her brother I-'raiik ; and Harry, who 
resides with his jiarents on the home farm. 
The nidther is in.w sixty-two years (dd. 

Edwin II. .Shannon aci|uiied his early edu- 
cation in the cimimon schools and at the Gil- 
maiitdU Academy. He studied law with 
Thomas Cngstell, of Gilmanton, who is now- 
United States Pension Agent at Cmcord ; and 
he was admitted to the bar in June, iSS'o. 
He was for a time associated with Mr. Cog- 
stell as a [jartner, after which he practised 
alone until entering into partnership with 
\V. S. Peaslec. At a later date this firm 
became Shannon, Peaslee & Blackstone. Mr. 
Shannon is now conducting a large and indfit- 
able general law business in Eaconia. He is 
especially noted fur his cnnnection with several 
inijiortant and ably contested trials, including 
that of defendant's counsel in many criminal 
cases in Strafford, Belknap, and Merrimack 
Counties. As an advocate he holds a high 
rank, while he is second to none in his 
knowledge of the law. 

In October, [ScSj, Mr. Shannon was uuiteil 
in marriage with Myra K. , daughtei' (if Ira E. 
Ik'rry, of Harnstead, N.IE, ami nnw has two 
children — IClla C. and Mildred. Although 
his immediate relatives, like his ancestors, are 
Demcicrats, Mr. Shannon prefers to act with 
the Republican party. He is not, however, a 
politician, choosing to devote his time almost 
entirely to his law practice. He is connected 
with Mount Belknap Lodge, No. 20, Knights 
of Pythias. His religious convictions are those 
of the People's Christian Church, which he 
serves as President of its Hoard ot Directors. 

master at Rochester, was born in this 
town, January 20, 1.S43, son of John 
and Hannah M. (Uemeritt) l^ickford. Ele is 
a descendant of John Bickford, who emigrated 
from Sussex, luigland, about the year 1700, 
and was a prime nin\-er in organizing the town 
of Rochester in 1722. John ]?ickford, Charles 
W. J5ickford's father, wdio is a native of this 
town, has spent tlie active jieriod of his life in 
tilling the soil. An able and industrious 
farmer and a useful citizen, he served as a 
member of the 15oard of Selectmen in Roches- 
ter previous to its incorporation as a city. He 
is still residing here, and is now eighty-two 
years old. His wife, Hannah M., a native of 
Earmington, N.IE, who was of pjiglish de- 
scent and a representative of an old and highly 
reputable family of Strafford County, lived to 
be seventy-three years old. 

After attending the common and high 
schools of Rochester fur the custumarv [leridd, 
Charles W. Pdckfor.l cmpleted his studies at 
the academy in Wnlfborn, N.H. When 
twenty-one years old he went to New York 
City, where he Ijccame an employee at the 
LInion Place Hotel, now the Morton House. 
There he obtained his first knowledge of the 
hotel business, which he was destined to foE 
hnv as his principal occupation up td 1894. 
After leaving the mctidixilis he returned to 
Rnchester, and was engaged in the grocery 
business until the store was dcstniyed by fire 
in 1S71. He then resumed his connection 
with the hotel business, every branch of which 
he learned by a varied experience of twenty- 
five years. hi this period he acquired the 
reputation of one of the finest stewards in this 
country. He has filled responsible jjositions 
at the I'^vans House, Coolidge House, Lfnited 
States Hotel, and Boston Tavern, of Boston, 
Mass.; at Clifford House, Plymouth, Mass.; 


Ocean View Hotel, Block Island; and the 
Narragansett Hotel of Providence, R. I. ; the 
Fort William Henry Hotel, at Lake George; 
Willard's Hotel, Washington, D.C. ; the Mag- 
iKdia Hotel, Magnolia Springs, P'la. ; the 
Hntel Champlain, Clinton County, New York; 
and he was for four years connectetl with the 
Hotel Ponce-de-Leon, St. Augustine, Fla., 
one of the largest houses in the L'nited States. 
In May, 1894, having returned to this city at 
the urgent request of his numerous friends in 
Rochester, through their combined efforts he 
was appointed Postmaster by President Cleve- 

On May 28, i8r),S, Mr. Hickford was united 
in marriage with Louise Henderson, a daugh- 
ter of Charles Henderson, of this city. In 
politics he is a Democrat. In 1870 and 1871 
he served as Town Clerk; and in 1895 he was 
elected to the City Council from Ward Five. 
In Masonry he has advanced to the Knights 
Templar degree, and is a member of Palestine 
Cnmmandery. He is also connected with the 
Hotel Mutual Benefit Association. As a 
member of the St. Bernard Club of America 
and a great lover of dogs, he has given consid- 
erable attention to the breeding of these ani- 
mals, and was awarded both regular and special 
prizes for exhibits at the Boston Dog Show. 
Mr. ]?ickford is a member of the Unity 


is one of the foremost men of Laconia, 
prominent in business, political, 
and social circles. He was born at Laconia, 
then called Meredith Bridge, December 10, 
1846. His parents, Samuel W. and Serena 
(Ranlet) Sander.s, were natives of the Granite 
State, born respectively in the towns of Mason 
and Ossijaee. His great-grandfather, Isaiah 
Sanders, was one of the New Hampshire 

patriots who fought under Colonel Stark at 
Bennington, and lived to see the young repub- 
lic develop into a powerful nation, dying at 
the age of eighty. Joseph Sanders, the grand- 
father, who was a cabinet-maker and a farmer 
of Mason, married Sarah Mansur, and had a 
family of six children, three of whom are 

Samuel W. Sanders, born in Mason, learned 
the tinsmith's trade, and established a hard- 
ware store in Laconia, which he managed from 
1840 to 1887. A man of enterprise and strong 
character, he took a leading part in the finan- 
cial and political life of the town. He was 
one of the founders of the Laconia Savings 
Bank and a member of its Board of Trustees 
from 1SG8 up to the time of his death. He 
was Selectman of Meredith, was one of the 
prime movers in setting off the town of La- 
conia, and was Chairman of its first Board of 
Selectmen. In 1S61 he was ajipoiiited Post- 
master of Laconia by President Lincoln, but 
did not receive his commission. He was sub- 
sequently first Associate Justice of the Laconia 
Police Court, serving until disqualified by age. 
He died January 16, 1892, aged seventy-three 
years. By his wife, who has also passed away, 
he was the father of three children, all of 
wdiom are living. 

George A. Sanders received his education in 
the schools of his native town and at Gilford 
and New Ipswich Academies. He was after- 
ward employed in his father's store for a year, 
and then engaged as book-keeper with Priest 
& Marden, of l^oston. On severing his con- 
nection with this firm he entered the employ 
of Bassett, French & Co., the founders of the 
far-famed Boston crockery house now con- 
ducted by Abram French & Co., and was 
travelling salesman for the house some twenty- 
one years. On January r, 1887, he purchased 
his father's stove store in Laconia. Since 


then he has so enlarged the business that three 
times tlie original number of employees are now 
kepi luisy. Since 1893 he has been a Trustee 
of the Laconia Savings ]5ank. His natural 
business ability, of which he had a consider- 
able amount, has been highly developed by his 
long and varied commercial experience and his 
association with successful financiers. 

Mr. Sanders has been twice married. In 
1872 he was united to Miss Addie Currier, of 
Cambridgeport, Mass., who died in 1886, leav- 
ing three children. The latter are: Frank C, 
his father's assistant in the store; Emma L., 
who graduated from the Laconia High School 
in June, 1896, and is now attending the State 
Normal School at Plymouth, N. M. ; and S. 
Gertrude, attending the Laconia High School. 
Mr. Sanders was again married in 1889 to 
Ida M., daughter of John 11 Chase, a well- 
to-do farmer of New Hampton, N. H. A pop- 
ular member of the Republican i)arty, Mr. 
Sanders was in the State legislature in i8Sg, 
serving on the Committee on Corporations, and 
presiding as Chairman of the Committee on 
Mileage. He was Colonel for two years on 
Governor Tuttle's staff, having been appointed 
in 1 891 ; County Commissioner of Belknap 
County for four years ; and he has been Chief 
ICngineer of the Laconia Fire I)e[)artment 
since March, 18S9. A thirty-second degree 
Mason, he belongs to Mount Lebanon Lodge, 
No. 32; to Union Chapter, No. 7, of the 
Royal Arch; and to Pythagorean Council, Nii. 
6, Royal and Select Masters; is Past Eminent 
Commander of Pilgrim Commandery, K. T. , 
Grand Standard Bearer in the Grand Com- 
mandery, and belongs to Edward A. Ray- 
mond Consistory at Nashua, N.Il. He is a 
member of Mount Belknap Lodge, No. 20, 
Knights of Pythias; Laconia Division, No. 6, 
Uniform Rank; is Regent of Cyprus Council, 
No. 1062, Royal Arcanum; and is a member 

(if the Improved Or 
hum Tribe, No. 18, of 
Sachem. He attemls re 
Free Will Baptist church 

if Red Men, Pontau- 

which he was first 

.•ligious service at the 

.vidcly known and respected citizen 
f Dover, which he ably serves in 
the capacity of City Physician, was born in 
Portsmouth, N.IL, December 17, 1849. He 
is a son of Albert A. and Lydia L. (Brock) 
P'airbanks. When he was two years old his 
parents moved to Portland, Me., in which city 
he spent two years of his childh.)od. Subse- 
quently he resided for a time successively in 
Mansfield and Boston, Mass. At the age of 
si.\ he came to Dover with his parents, and 
here grew to manhood. Having received his 
elementary education in the city schools, he 
entered Dartmouth College, from which insti- 
tution he was graduated in 1871. Seeking 
employment after this, he secured a position as 
draughtsman with the National Bridge and 
Iron Works of lioston, Mass., and remained 
with them about one year and six months. 
He then went to East Saginaw, Mich., where 
he entered the service of the Flint & Mar- 
c|uette I-iaihdad Comjiany as mechanical 
draughtsman. After spending nine months in 
their emiiloy he returned tn Duver, and soim 
after was appointed station agent at this place 
for the Portsmouth & Dover Railroad Com- 
pany, being the first person to hold that posi- 
tion. After a service of one year as station 
agent he entered the office of Dr. John R. 
Ham, of this city, and began the study of 
medicine. He remained with Dr. Ham one 
year, and then entered Harvard Medical 
School, fnim which he was graduated with the 
class of 1877. 

Locating at Fall River, Mass., he then 



began the practice of his profession. He had 
been but a short time in I'nll River when, 
on March i8, 1S7S, he came to Dover, of 
which he has since been a resident. Later in 
that year he was ajipninted County Physician, 
ami retaineil tiie position for four years. In 
1S82 he became City I'hysician, which office 
lie has held since. I-'rom 1878 up to the pres- 
ent time he has been a member of the Strafford 
County Medical Association, was its President 
in the year 1889-90, and has been its Secre- 
tary in every year since 1879. 

On October 21, 1884, he married Miss 
Kmma Belle Caswell, daughter of Cornelius 
]•:. Caswell, of l)(,ver. Dr. J'airbanks is not 
only prominent among his medical brethren for 
his skill, but he commands the respect and es- 
teem of all who know him. His large busi- 
ness capacity, sterling honesty, and devotion 
to the public interest make him a useful and 
valuable citizen. He was Moderator of Ward 
Three from 1878 to 1893, and he has been a 
member of the Water Commission since 1S88. 
Since 18S6 he has been a member of the Re- 
I)ublican State Central Committee. In 1S81 
he was elected a member of the School Com- 
mittee, of which he has served as Secretary 
since 1884. The Doctor is also a member of 
the Masonic order, belonging to Mt>ses Paul 
Lodge of Dover; and is besides affiliated 
with the L O. O. 1". and Improved Order of 
Red Men. 

§()HX ROHLRTS LLAVITT, an enter- 
Gilford, lielknap County, July -:,, 
1836, son of Taylor and Maria (Roberts) 
Leavitt. His paternal grandfather, Samuel, 
a native of Gilmanton, N.H., was a relative 
of Dudley Leavitt, the almanac editor. 
Samuel Leavitt followed the trades of carpen- 
ter, joiner, and wheelwright. He removed to 

Gilford, where he owned and ran a saw-mill 
near Lakeshore Park for many years. He was 
Selectman for ten years, a Justice of the Peace 
for a prolonged jieriod, and a Re))resentative 
to the legislature for several terms. In re- 
ligion he was a highly respected memlier of 
the Methodist l-piscopal Church in Gilford 
Village. He married Nancy Chase, of Gil- 
manton; and they had two sons, Taylor and 
Gilman, both of whom are now deceased. 
Gilman, who was a blacksmith by trade, served 
many years as foreman in Abbot's carriage 
shop in Concord, N.ll. Samuel Leavitt died 
at the age of seventy-three years. 

Taylor Leavitt, the father of John R., re- 
moved with his parents to Gilford while yet a 
boy. He worked in the saw-mill with his 
father, and also on the farm, subsequently 
becoming the owner of one hundred and forty 
acres of land. His wife, who was a daughter 
of John Rnberts, of New Durham, N.H., 
removed with her parents to Gilford when she 
was but eight years of age. She had three 
girls and two boys, of whom the sons are 
living — Charles W. and John R. Her hus- 
band died when he was seventy-four \'ears old, 
and she has also passed away. 

John Roberts Leavitt accpiired a common- 
school education in his native town, antl re- 
mained on the home acres until he was thirty 
years of age. He drove a team for (Jeorge W. 
Sanders in the lumber business for one year, 
served S. A. Piper for three years in the car- 
penter's trade, and was employed as carpenter 
in the Laconia Car Works. A copartnership 
was then formed with Albert D. Plummer, 
under the style of Leavitt & Plimimer, in the 
grocery business. Three years later they dis- 
solved partnership, and E. P. CJsgood was 
associated with him under the firm name of 
Osgood & Leavitt for the same jicriod of time. 
Then he and A. L. Stanyon, forming the firm 




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of Leavitt & Stanyon, conducted the business 
for a fiirtlier three 3'ears. Since that time Mr. 
Leavitt has been the sole proprietor. In the 
fall of 1883 he built his present establishment. 
II is business career here so far has lasted 
thirty-tiiree years. 

Mr. Leavitt has been twice n\arried. In 
September, i86[, he was married to luneline 
M. Carr, of Gilford. She died September 15, 
1875, leaving one daughter — Annie Maria, 
who died in 1877, at the age of fourteen years. 
In June, 1879, he married his second wife, 
previously Jennie M. Hunker, of Tamworth, 
N.H. They have two adopted daughters, 
namely: Blanche Lllcii, who was born No- 
\'ember 22, i8gi ; and I'lossie Emily, who 
is thirteen years of age. In politics Mr. 
Leavitt acted with the Democratic party from 
the time he first \-oted until 1894, when he 
became a Republican. He served as Overseer 
of the I'oor for two years. He has succes- 
sively filled all the chairs in Chocorua Lodge, 
No. 51, 1. (). (). I'., and is a member of the 
Grand Lodge; and also behmgs to hjidicott 
Rock Lodge, Xo. 2.5, K. P., in which he has 
refused various offices. His religious senti- 
ments have led him to become a constant at- 
tendant of the Free Haptist Church of Lake- 

• L(JNEL DANIia. HALL, attorney- 
-law and a distinguished political 
leader, occupying an honored ]ilace 
among the foremost men of New Hampshire, 
is a citizen of Dover, Straffortl County. He 
was born in Barrington, this State, I'Y'bruary 
28, 1832, a son of Gilman and Eliza (Tuttle) 
Hall, and is of good old Colonial stock. On 
the paternal side he is a lineal descendant of 
John Hall, who came to Dover with his 
brother Ralph in 1649 fi't'in Charlestown, 
Mass., and was very active in the early settle- 

ment of the city, a Surveyor of Land, Commis- 
sioner to try causes, Town Clerk, and the 
Deacon of the Congregational church, ha\'iug 
been ap]ioiuted to the latter office in 1650. 

Deacon John Hall was the father of Ralph 
Hall, also a farmer in Dover, whose son 
Ralph, the great-great-grandfather of the 
Colonel, was a pioneer settler of Barrington. 
On the farm which he partly cleared in that 
town was b(u-n Solomon Hall, the next in line 
of descent, whose son Daniel, first, a lifelong 
farmer of Barrington, was C(donel Hall's 

Gilman Hall, son of Daniel, first, was edu- 
cated in Barrington and Duvei'; and when a 
young man he spent some years in Boston, 
being engaged a jjart of the time as a clerk 
and a part in mercantile business. Subse- 
quently returning to Barrington, he opened a 
store for the sale of general merchandise, and 
as a merchant and farmer there passed tiie re- 
mainder of bis .life,, dying on March 18, 1870, 
aged si.Nty years. In politics he was a strong 
supporter of the principles of the Democratic 
party; and, in addition to ably filling all the 
local offices of importance, he was a Repre- 
sentative to the General Court. His wife, 
whose maiden name was I'^liza Tuttle, as above 
indicated, was born in Dover, and died in this 
city, November 9, 1888. She was a direct 
descendant of John Tuttle, who was a Judge of 
the Superior Court in Dover in the latter part 
of the seventeenth century. Mrs. l^liza T. 
Hall was the mother of nine children, two of 
whom died in infancy. The others may be 
briefly mentioned, as follows: Daniel is the 
subject of this biography: Lydia is the wife of 
John H. Parker, of Seabrook, N.H.: Clara 
married William H. Neal, of Dover; I':iiza is 
the wife of Joseph L. Cater, of Princeton, 
Minn.; Gilman is a resident of Haverhill, 
Mass.; Mary Esther is the wife of William 


II. H. Twombly, of Ahulhury, N.H.: and 
IJavid (lied Doccnibcr lo, 1S.S5, aged thirty- 
nine years. 

The life of Daniel Hall as a boy was devoid 
of any remarkable events and e.xpericnces. Me 
first attended the district schools, then pursued 
his studies three terms at the Strafford Acad- 
emy and one term at the New Hampshire 
Conference Seminary in Northfield, now Til- 
ton, and between times assisted his father in 
the store or on the farm. Having ambitions 
far above the life to which he was seemingly 
bound, this persevering lad began the study of 
Latin and Greek by himself, spending his 
leisure minutes at his books, and made such 
judicious use of his time that in 1850 he 
entered Dartmouth College, where in 1S54 he 
was graduated with honors, and standing at 
the head of his class as valedictorian. He 
being the eldest of a large family of children, 
his parents were able to give him but scant 
help in paying his way through college; and 
in order to defray his expenses Mr. Hall taught 
school winters, and at the same time kept pace 
with his class in his studies. 

I-"or three years after his graduation he was 
clerk in the New York custom-house, and 
while there he repaitl fiom his earnings the 
money previously advanced him by his father. 
Hy birth and breeding Colonel Hall was a 
Democrat; but by listening to the eloquence 
of such men as William Lloyd Garrison, Wen- 
dell Phillips, and Gerrit Smith, he had imbibed 
anti-slavery princi|iles, and in consecpience of 
publicly expressing his disapproval of the 
Lecompton Bill, for submitting to the peo- 
ple of Kansas a constitution favoring slavery, 
he was removed from his position. Returning 
to Dover, he entered the office of Daniel M. 
Christie, the most brilliant lawyer of his time, 
and in i860 was admitted to the New Hamp- 
shire bar. He at once began the practice of 

his profession in Dover, continuing until the 
autumn of the next year, wiien he went to 
Washington as Secretary of the United States 
Committee on Naval Affairs. 

After serving a few months in this position 
he surrendered this office to participate in the 
war, and in March, 1862, was commissioned 
Aide-de-camp and Captain in the regular army, 
being assigned to the staff of General A. W. 
Whipple, then stationed at Arlington Heights, 
and in September, at the time of the Antietam 
campaign, with him joining the Army of the 
Potomac. On December 13, iS6j, he was in 
the battle of Fredericksburg, and in the assault 
of Marye's Heights. On May 5, 1863, he 
stood by the side of General Whipple when 
that officer received the wound that proved 
mortal. Then appointed to the staff of 
General O. O. Howard, Commander of the 
Eleventh Corps, he was with him at the battle 
of Gettysburg and in later caniiiaigns. In 
1864 Captain Hall was made Provost IMarshal 
of the First New Hampshire District, in which 
capacity he organized four thousand men for 
the army and navy, being stationed at Ports- 
mouth until the close of the war. Although 
in many engagements, he was but once 
wounded, receiving a slight injury at the 
battle of Gettysburg. 

He resumed his practice in Dover after his 
return to civil life, but in 1867 was appointed 
Clerk of the Supreme Court, and the following 
year was made Judge of the Police Court of 
Dover, an office in which he remained seven 
years. He likewise held an official position 
under Governor Smyth, and later was on Gov- 
ernor Harriman's staff, holding the rank of 
Colonel. In 1874 he was elected Chairman 
of the Republican State Committee, he having 
long been a stanch advocate of the principles 
of that party; and he wisely conducted their 
campaigns for the next three years, in 1876 


being Chairman of the delegation sent by New 
Hanipsliire to the National Convention in 
Cincinnati. ]'"roni 1S75 until 1S77 he was 
Reporter of the Decisions of the Siqireme 
Court, and published volumes fifty-six and 
fifty-seven of the New Hampshire Rejiorts. 
In i<'^77 Colonel Hall received the a]iix)int- 
ment of Naval Ofificer at the port of ]5oston, 
and, being reappointed at the end of his first 
term, served until the 1st of January, I Si/.. 

Since returning to Dover at that time. 
Colonel Mail has been connected with various 
institutions in an official capacity. He is a 
Trustee of the Strafford Savings l^ank of 
Dover, of the Dover Public Library, and of 
the Berwick Academy. In 1S59 he was ap- 
pointed by the governor as School Commis- 
sioner for this county, and in 1S60 he was re- 
appointed. Colonel Hall is an acti\'e member 
of the Grand Army of the I^epublic, having 
been Judge-advocate, Senior Vice-Commander, 
and Department Commander, and at the pres- 
ent time is Trustee and Secretary of the New 
Hampshire Soldiers' Home, for the establish- 
ment of which he drafted the law. He be- 
longs to the Charles W. Sawyer Post, No. 
17. He is likewise a member of the Loyal 
Legion, Massachusetts Commandery. He is 
an attendant of the Congregational church. 
Colonel Hall was married January 25, 1877, to 
Miss Sophia Dodge, daughter of Jonathan T. 
and Sarah Hanson Dodge, of Rochester, N.H. 
Their only child, Arthur Wellesley, born 
August 30, 187S, is a student at the Ik'rwick 

")RGE HENRY SMITH, a success- 
ful dry-goods merchant of Lakeport, 
where he has been in business for a 
number of years, is a native of Moultonhoro, 
Carroll County, N. IL, born June iS, 1847, 
son of Rufus ami Nancy (Lovejoy) .Smith. 

Rufns Smith, who followed the trade of a 
machinist for thirty )'ears, in early life worked 
at farming. After i8r,5 he was also engaged 
in lumbering and boating for a time. Then 
he settled in Laconia (now Gilford), where 
since about 1889 he has lived in retirement, 
being now seventy-eight years of age. Ptditi- 
cally, he is a Republican. Fraternally, he is 
a prominent member of Chocorua Lodge, No. 
51, I. (X O. v., of Lakeport. He has served 
as a delegate to tlie Grand Lodge at different 
times: and when a member of Laconia ICn- 
campment. No. 9, he held all the diiTerent 
offices. His wife, Nancy, was a d.uighter of 
Caleb Lovejoy, of Meredith, N.H. Her ear- 
liest ancestors in this country came from iMig- 
land, and settled in Pembroke, N.H., which 
has been the home of the Lovejoys for four or 
five generations. She died in 1888. Rufus 
and Nancy Smith were the parents of a son 
and daughter: George IL; and Lucy ]., who 
lives at home. 

George H. Smith received his education in 
the common school of Moultonboro, a select 
school, and at Wolfboro Academy. He then 
went to work in the machine shop of the Cede 
Manufacturing Comjiany, with whom he re- 
mained some ten years. During three of 
these years he was travelling for the fiiau, 
doing general repairs, antl putting up new 
work. On leaving their employment, in April, 
1874, he and Horace Bugbee opencil his 
present dry-goods store in Lakeport, the style 
of the firm being Bugbee & Smith. They had 
conducted the store together for two and a half 
years when Mr. Smith bought out his ]iartner, 
and has since carried on the business alone. 
He is also interested in the Lakeport Savings 
Bank, of which he is a stockholder. 

Mr. .Smith has been twice married. His 
first union was with Miss P:iiza E. Gardner, 
of !5oston. Harrv Lincidn, his son bv this 


marriage, and who assists in tiic store, was 
gracluatecl from the Laconia High School in 
1896, and after a year of rest from study will 
enter college. Mr. Smith's present wife was 
before marriage Miss Carrie Alice Bryant, of 
Tamworth, N.II. In political affiliation Mr. 
Smith, like his father, is a Republican. 
While not an office-seeker, he has served as 
Town Clerk, and has been a Justice of the 
Peace for several years. Since he was twenty- 
one years of age he has been a member of 
Chocorua Lodge, No. 51, I. O. O. F., the dif- 
ferent chairs of which he has filled. 

§01 IX \. HAIXHS, a well-known man- 
ufacturer of Strafford County, who owns 
and operates a cotton and waste mill in 
Somersworth, was born here, June 15, 1S48, 
son of John S. and Theodate (Xowell) Haines. 
The father, who was born in Greenland, N.H., 
came to Somersworth with his parents when 
about fifteen \-ears of age. He first worked 
for the Great Kails Manufacturing Company, 
continuing with them until 1861. Then he 
established the business that his son now 
owns, and carried it on until his death, at the 
age of sixty-five. He was appointed Postmas- 
ter of Great I'\alls (now Somersworth) by Pres- 
ident Lincoln, and afterward held the office 
for abmit eleven years. He was also a mem- 
ber of tiie General Court, was Count)' Treas- 
urer, and at various times filled several of the 
minor town offices. Though a poor boy when 
he started uijon his business career, he 
acliievetl fair pecuniary success, and was 
higiily esteemed as a citizen. His widow, 
Theodate (Xowell) Haines, who was born in 
Sanford, Me., about seventy-four years ago, 
resides on the old homestead in Somersworth, 
and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church, with which her husband was identified. 

Six children were born to them, namely: 
John N., the subject of this sketch: Leonora, 
now the wife of J. W. Bates, a merchant in 
Somersworth; Theodate, who married Charles 
H. Gridley, and lives in Hlmira, X.V.: 
Charles S., who died when two years (.Id: 
Fred Sumner, who is engaged in business in 
Rochester, Minn. ; and Mary C, now the wife 
of the Rev. Sherod Soule, of Xaugatuck, 

John X. Haines, the eldest child, attended 
the common schools and Great Falls High 
School, graduating from the latter in 1866, 
and then studied at Dummer Academy, By- 
field, Mass., for two years. Upon leaving 
school he went to sea, having received an ap- 
pointment as officer in the United States 
Navy on the "Plymouth," and was gone four 
years. During this time he visited many 
places of interest, including the Xorth and 
Baltic Seas, the South American and African 
coasts and the West Indies. On returning 
home he resigned his position, and became a 
clerk in a fancy-goods store in Boston. Three 
or four years later he returned to Somersworth, 
and was here engaged in the coal and wood 
business until his father's death in 1885. 
He then took charge of the mill business, 
which he still carries on successfully. 

On January 15, 1881, Mr. Haines married 
Miss Matilda S. Page, of this place. He is a 
Republican in politics, and for some years has 
been an active worker foT his party. He is 
now serving his second term as County Com- 
missioner. He was Selectman in 1S85 and 
18S6. His relations with fraternal organiza- 
tions include membership in Libanus Lodge, 
No. 49, F. & A. M. ; Prospect Lodge, No. 
13, K. of P., both of Somersworth: and in 
Dover Lodge of I^lks. He was State Grand 
Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias in 


iQf;^ RTllUR S. I. ADD, who mnks amung 
the foremost agriculturists of ]!ei- 
mont, was born in this town, Janu- 
ary 17, 1838, son of Langdon and Sylvania 
(Coliiy) Ladd. 

The remote ancestors of the Latld family are 
said to have gone to England with William 
the Conqueror from Normandy. Daniel Ladd, 
a native of England, the first of the name in 
America, settled at an early date in Ipswich, 
Mass., receiving a grant of land in 1637, and 
later moved to Haverhill, where his son 
Nathaniel was born. Nathaniel Ladd settled 
in Ivxeter, N. H., when a young man; and 
his son, Nathaniel, Jr., was long a resident 
of that town. A brick house that he erected 
is still standing, and is owned by Dr. John 

]':ilward Ladd, son of Nathaniel, Jr., settled 
in ISelmont, and cleared a farm from the wil- 
derness. He married Catherine Thing, daugh- 
ter of Samuel Thing; and their son, Colonel 
Samuel Ladd, was the great-grandfather of the 
subject of this sketch. Colonel Samuel Ladd 
built and owned the first saw-mill in what is 
now Laconia. In 1768 he married Abigail 
I-'Ianders, who died in 1803. lulwarti Ladd, 
second, son of Colonel Samuel, and grand- 
father of Arthur S., settled ujion what has 
since been known as Ladd Hill in the town of 
Belmont. The house in which he li\ed was 
built by his father, and is now occupied liy his 
grandson, the subject of this sketch. Grand- 
father Ladd died in early manhood, from the 
effects of a fall from his horse. He married 
Hannah Hoyt, of Sanbornton, N. H. 

Their son, Langdon Ladd, Arthur S. Ladd's 
father, was born in Belmont in 181 i. He was 
nine years old when his father died, and when 
old enough he took charge of the home farm. 
He was an active antl imlustrious farmer, and 
resided at the old homestead until his death, 

which occurred in 1SS7. I'ol iticall)-, lie was 
a Dcmociat; and in 1874 he was a member of 
the New Hampshire House of Representa- 
tives. His wife, .Syhania Colby, who was a 
daughter ,)f Barnard Colby, of Sanbornton, be- 
came the mother of nine children, four of 
whom died in infancy. The others were: 
Arthurs., the subject of this sketch; Martha 
A. ; Grace C. ; Allen Y.; and Emma J. All 
acquired a good education. Martha A., who 
taught school for some time, married for her 
first husband Charles Gale, of Massachusetts, 
and for her second husband, Martin W. Strat- 
ton. She removed to Reading, Kan., where 
she died in 1895. Grace C. Ladd married 
Joseph I'itman, of Laconia, N.IL; Allen Y. 
married Kate Bennett, of Gilford; and l^mma 
J. died April 3, 1S70. 

Arthur S. Ladd acquired his elementary ed- 
ucation in the district school, and later began 
an academic course, but was obligeil to relin- 
quish his studies on account of liis father's 
failing health. He manages the farm v'vith 
good judgment, and asitle from general hns- 
bantlry has been quite extensively engaged in 
stock-raising. He succeeded to the ownership 
of the property at his father's death, and he 
also possesses other real estate in this 

In Eebruary, 1867, Mr. Ladd was united in 
marriage with I-'llen M. I'oiter. Sb.e is a 
daughter of Irad and Letta (Knapp) I'orter, 
both of whom were born in Lyman, N.IL 
Mr. Porter died at the Ladd homestead, aged 
eighty-four years. His family was of Scotch 
descent. Mrs. Porter was a daughter of Elijah 
Knapp, who settled with his family on a tract 
of wild land in Lyman, N.H., and lived in a 
log house until a frame dwelling could be 
erected. Mrs. Ladtl attended the academy in 
Haverhill, N.IL, in her girlhood, and subse- 
quently taught se\en terms of school in that 


vicinity. .At tiic time of licr marriage slie 
was res id in- in l.aconia, N.H. 

Mr. an.! Mrs. I.a.1,1 have tiiree .lau-liters: 
namely, I'aiilh .S., I'lorenee K. . ami Candaee 
1'.. all of whom have attendetl the I.aconia 
lli-h .School. lulith S. Ladd was graduated 
in 1 885, and was salutatorian of her class. 
.She taught school for two years in Belmont, 
anil is now the wife of J. Edward Phelps, of 
Laconia. Canilace I'. Ladd was graduated in 
1893, and was the valedictorian of her class. 
She is now teaching in Sanbornton. 

Mr. Ladd never took any active interest in 
politics until 1896, when he was the Demo- 
cratic candidate for Representative to the leg- 
islature, and, although the town is strongly 
Republican, made a good showing for his 
party. He is a member of the First Baptist 
Church in Laconia, and has been a Deacon for 
the past ten years. 

§AMI':S WALKl^R, a well-known mer- 
chant of East Rochester, where he is a 
prosperous dealer in groceries and 
crockery, was born in Er\-eburg, Me., August 
14, 1S2J, son of Samuel Walker. His grand- 
father, Samuel Walker (first), who went from 
Concord, N.H., was one of the pioneers of 
Fryeburg. The father, who was born in 178S, 
under the same roof as James, spent his life in 
his native town chiefly engaged in farming, 
the occupation to which he was reared, and 
was one of the most successful farmers of his 
day. His homestead of seventy-five acres of 
land was beautifully located on the banks of 
the Saco River, which furnishes the water- 
]50wer for so many of the busy factories and 
mills of that portion of the State. He was a 
conscientious, upright man, respected by all, 
and at his death, in i860, left the record of a 
long life well spent. In early manhood he 

was identified with the Democratic party, hut 
later he became a Republican. He served f(U- 
a number of years as Selectman of Fryeburg, 
besides wliich he held at different times all 
the minor offices of the tow^n. His wife, in 
maidenhood Nancy Stevens, who was likewise 
a native of Fryeburg, reared six children, of 
whom James, the subject of this sketch, is the 
only survivor. 

James Walker grew to manhood on the old 
homestead, obtaining his education in the dis- 
trict school. At the age of twenty he ac- 
cepted a position on the Grand Trunk Rail- 
way, and for the following twelve years was 
employed in the construction department. 
Then he worked for three years on the home 
farm, after which he resumed his connection 
with the Grand Trunk. In 1863 Mr. Walker 
went to Middle Tennessee, where he was in 
the employment of the government repairing 
railroad bridges. Two years later he returned 
to Fryeburg; and in 1866 he formed a partner- 
ship with J. A. Farrington, with whom he 
established himself in the grocery and di'\- 
goods business at Somersworth, N.H. In 
1869 the business was removed to East 
Rochester, and in the following year the 
partnership was dissolved. Since then, 
Mr. Walker, with the exception of eighteen 
months' association with T. J. Manning, has 
carried the business on in his own name. 

Mr. Walker was married in September, 
1 866, to Miss Marion E. Farrington, daughter 
of Jeremiah Farrington, of Conwa)', N.H. 
His children are: Fred A., who is employed 
on the editorial staff of the \iostonJt>/n/i<i/, 
and resides in Boston; and Jessie M., a 
teacher in the public schools of Rochester. 
Mr. Walker is a liberal giver toward the sup- 
port of the Methodist Episcopal church, which 
he and his family attend. In politics he gives 
earnest support to the Republican party, both 


in local an.l national affairs. He is a member 
of Humane Lod-e, No. Ji, A. F. & A. !Vr.,uf 
Rochester; and of Cocheco Lo(_l,L;e, No. ]^), 
I. O. of O. F., of luist R, .Chester, in which 
he has for several years been Treasurer. 

l^S. MARY A. I.OUGKF, of GU- 
manton, N.H., was born in this 
town, December 21, 1829. Her 
parents were Samnel S. and Mary (Dimond) 
Young. Her grandfather, Joseph Young, was 
one of the early settlers of the country; and a 
somewhat detailed account of his life will be 
found in the sketch of Jonathan Young. 

Samuel S. Young was a native of Gilman- 
ton. After his marriage he settled on a 
farm one and one-half miles from his birth- 
■place. His wife was a daughter of Isaac 
Dimond, of Loudon, N.II. They began life 
with a farm, two dollars in cash, a yoke of 
oxen, and a colt, their modest possessions, 
however, not being free from encumbrance. 
Mr. Young was by trade a carpenter; and he 
worked for some time in Fowell, tlius earning 
money to pay off their debt. Returning to 
Gilmanton, he engaged in general farming 
during the latter part of his life, and succeeded 
in accumulating some property. He was a 
man of regular habits, careful judgment, and 
exemplary Christian character. Both he and 
his wife were devoted members of the Meth- 
odist church. They were of even disposition, 
kind-hearted, and believed in educating their 
children. They had a family of five, one son 
and four daughters; namely, Isaac, Judith, 
Sarah, Mary, and Abby. Isaac Young mar- 
ried Martha Dorr for his first wife, and for his 
second he married Judith Eastman. He has 
since died in Gilmanton. Judith Young died 
at the age of eight years. Sarah married 
H. A. Davis, of Laconia, and died March 20, 

1896. Abby married George Davis, of I-arm- 
ington, N.H., and died in 1862. 

Mary, the subject of this sketch, in her girl- 
hood attentled the Laconia Academy, and litted 
herself for the work of teaching, in which she 
was engaged for twenty-one years. On Feb- 
ruary 27, 1861, she married Charles H. 
Lougee, son of Dudley Lougee, of Gilmanton. 
The immigrant ancestor of the Lougees of 
Gilmanton was John Lougee, a native of the 
Isle of Jersey, who is said to have come to 
America in the time of Oueen Anne's War. 
He was taken captive by the Indians, but 
escaped. Nehemiah Lougee, son of John, 
Jr., and Molly (Leavitt) Lougee, and grandson 
of the first John, married Mary Marsh, and was 
the father of Dudley Lougee, above named. 
Charles Lougee enlisted in the Twelfth New 
Hampshire Regiment, Company B, and died 
in 1S63 in Washington, D.C., from a disease 
contracted when in the army. He is survived 
by his wife and one child, Abby L. , who is at 
present living on the homestead with her 
mother. Mrs. Lougee and her daughter are 
both members of the h'ree Will Baptist 

f(3HN BICKFORD, a veteran agricultu- 
rist of Strafford County, whose farm of 
one hundred and se\'ent)-fi\'e acres is 
located on the "ten-rod road," in the part of 
Rochester bordering on the Farmington line, 
was born on his present homestead, December 
22, 1 8 14. His father, John Bickford, Sr., 
was born in Rochester, a son of Jethro Bick- 
ford, who was one of the petitioners for Roch- 
ester's charter in 1722. The father was en- 
gaged in agricultural pursuits during his active 
years, and died on the family homestead at a 
comparatively early age in 1S27. He was an 
honest, hard-working man, de\'oted to the care 
of his family, and giving but little attention to 


politics, tiiougl) he invariably cast his vote for 
the Democratic caiuliilatcs. lie mairietl Lucy 
l^rown, ol Great 1-alJs; ami of their nine chil- 
dren, John, the subject of this sketch, is the 
only survivor. 

John Bickford, like the majority (jf the 
farmers' sons of that time, attended the dis- 
trict schools when not needed at home. Left 
fatherless while yet in his teens, he was 
then compelled to assmne responsibilities be- 
yond his years. Before attaining his majority 
he took charge of the home farm, and was for 
many years extensively engaged in farming, 
lumbering, and dairying. Possessing much 
enterprise and untiring energy, he also em- 
barked in other industries. He owned and 
successfully ojierated a saw-mill for some 
years, also a sash and blind factory at Gonic. 
He has not swerved from the political faith in 
which he was rearetl, the ].)emocratic jxarty 
finding in him one of its firmest supporters. 
He was Selectman of Rochester for one year, 
and likewise served it as Road Surveyor. He 
belongs to Rochester Grange ; but of late years, 
owing to his impaired hearing, he has taken 
no active [lart in its meetings. 

Mr. Hickford was married to Miss Hannah 
Demerritl, of h'armington, a daughter of Mark 
Demcriitt. 'riicy have five sons, namely: 
Charles W'., the Postmaster of l^ochester; 
Daniel C, of Farmington; John LL, of Roch- 
ester; Herbert 1'., at home; and Ltlward R., 
who carries on the farm with his aeed father. 

/^TLS Hh:.\M.\N, who spent nearly half 
P>xJ a century in mercantile business in 
V_y Laconia, where he died October lo, 
'^'79. iiyc'd seventy-six years and seven months, 
vas born in Grafton, \'t. , March 6, 1803, a 
;on of Peter and Mary (Stone) Peamnn. His 
larents had nine children, four sons and five 


daughters, he 1 

He attended the common schools ot Grafton. 
Vt., for a short time during his boyhood, but 
was for the most part self-educated. On leav- 
ing home he went to Boston, where he worked 
in the Exchange Coffee House five )ears as a 
porter. Returning to Xew Hampshire, he 
located in llillsborough, and, in company 
with his brother Alexander, embarked in the 
mercantile business under the firm name of 
Beaman Brothers. About two years later, in 
1832, he came to Laconia, and was here suc- 
cessfully engaged in the same line of business 
until his death. A portion of this time, in 
company with his brother and a Mr. Ivastman, 
he w^as interested in the manufacture of cotton 
goods, being located for a time in the brick 
mill opposite Busiel's Mill. 

On May 21, 1833, the year after he came to 
Laconia, Mr. Beaman married Jimma J. Rob- 
bins, daughter of Zachariah Robbins. Her 
father was a Revolutionary patriot, who took 
part in many of the principal battles during 
the struggle for independence. He was first 
a member of Colonel Prescott's regiment, and 
later served on the "Wentworth, " a privateer. 
When he left the army, after the engagement 
at Newburg, N.Y. , he had risen to the rank of 
Lnsign. }Ie was a farmer by occupation, and 
resided in Hillsborough, in the same neigh- 
borhood as the father of ex-Governor Pierce. 
He lived to be seventy-six years old. Mr. 
and Mrs. P>eaman had three children, all of 
whom were born in Meredith Bridge, now 
Laconia, namely: George Otis, wlio died 
June 16, 1895, aged sixty years; ICmma J.', 
wife of P'rank J. Osgood, residing in Laconia; 
and Edward ¥., who was associated in busi- 
ness with his father for a nimiber of years. 

In political affiliation Mr. Beaman was in 
his early years a Whig and later a Republican. 

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¥t)v siiiiic ycnrs he wa.s a Director in the Mere- 
dith Savings Bank. He was a member uf 
\Vinni|,isen-ee L.ulge, No. 7, I. (J. O. l'.. uf 
LaciHiia, joining six months alter its organi/a- 
ticHi, and also of the Congregational church, in 
which he held the office of Deacon, 

;S. SARAH DAVISON, a lady 
■efinement, benevolent and pub- 
:-spirited, and worthy of the 
good fortune that has come to her in life, is 
one of the most respected residents of San- 
borntoii. Born here April 9, 1836, daughter 
of lulwanl and I'hcebe (Morrison) Evans, she 
was married November 16, 1870, to Beniah 
Bryant Davison. After her marriage she con- 
tinued to live with her jiarents; and her home 
is still the family residence, one of the finest 
in Saiibornton. Mr. Davison, a son of Josiah 
Davison, of Rye, N.H., was born in Ilolder- 
ness, N.H., July 13, 1835, and was educated 
in the schools of that town. When quite 
young he went to Ixiston, where he was after- 
ward employed for many years. In politics 
he is a Republican. He is a member of Mas- 
sachusetts Lodge, No. I ; and Massasoit lui- 
campment, No. i, I. O. O. F., of Boston. 

By both parents Mrs. Davison comes of h<.in- 
orable ancestry. On her mother's side she 
traces her genealogy to David Morrison, who 
is said to have been a settler in one of the 
early Biitish colonies south of Massachusetts. 
He was previously one of the Scotch settlers 
of the north of Ireland, who were driven under 
the walls of Londonderry prior to the siege of 
that town in 1688 and 1689. The Morrisons 
of Sanbornton, as well as those of London- 
derry and Peterboro, N.IL, are proljably de- 
scendants of David Morrison. David's son 
John, the great-great-grandfather of Mrs. Da- 
vison, livenl in Haverhill, Mass., and died 

there in 1765 or 1766. The next in line was 
another David, also born in Haverhill, who 
came to I'.elknap County about the year 1784. 
and located on Salmon Brook. His first wife, 
in maidenhood Keziah Whittle, daughter of 
Thomas Whittle, who came from the Isle of 
W'ight, was a noted singer. David Morrison, 
Jr., grandfather of Mrs. Davison, born in 
1765, married Sarah, daughter of David Dus- 
tin, a (.lescendant of the heroine, Mrs. Hannah 
Dust in. 

Mrs. Davison's father, Edward Evans, who 
was born in Salisbury in 1795, received a good 
education. From his fifteenth year until he 
was thirty-two he was engaged in teaching 
school at Andover, Sanbornton, and Danbury. 
In the latter part of his life his principal oc- 
cupation was farming. After first settling in 
Danbur)' he came to Sanbornton, where he re- 
mained until his death, which occurred in 1872. 
He purchased the farm of si.xty-five acres 
now owned by Mrs. Davison. As a farmer 
he was eminently successful. He possessed 
much executive ability, antl would have made 
his mark in any line of business. While in 
the town of Danbury he served in a number 
of public capacities, and in Sanbornton he 
acceptably discharged the duties of Selectman, 
He attended and supported the First Baptist 
Church of Sanbornton. Prominent in busi- 
ness and social life, he was also held in high 
esteem by a large circle of friends. 

Mrs. Davison's paternal grandfather was 
Edwaril Evans, Adjutant of the Second Regi- 
ment of the New Hampshire contingent in the 
Revolutionary War. It is sup[)osed that Ad- 
jutant Evans, who was of I'Jiglish or Welsh 
descent, was born in Sligo, Ireland, in 1736. 
The following account of him is taken from a 
local pajier: "He was of fine personal appear- 
ance, of medium height, rather spare built, 
had an excellent education, and was an accom- 


]ilishccl lin-uist. He came Xo America aliout 
the year 1760, settled in Chester, this State, 
where lie was a sehool teacher, ami kiiDwii as 
Master Kvans. In I/Ckj he inarrieil Sarah 
Flagg, daughter (if the distinguished parsuii of 
Chester, the i-iev. l-Ibenezer Flagg. Twelve 
children were the result of this marriage. 
I\Irs. ICvans is remembered as being a woman 
of marked sweetness of character, of an ami- 
able disposition, and well favored with natural 
endowments. At the breaking out of the Rev- 
olution Mr. Evans lived in Salisbury, and was 
the schoolmaster of that town. Espousing the 
cause of freedom for his adopted country, Mr. 
Evans enlisted May 2^, 1775, as a private in 
the First New^ Hampshire Regiment, in Cap- 
tain Joshua Abbot's company, under the com- 
mand of Colonel John Stark. Stark's regi- 
ment soon went into camp at Medford, Mass. ; 
and, on the 17th of June following, orders 
came to re-enforce Colonel Prescott at Bunker 
Hill, and ' to oppose the enemy, who were 
landing on Charlestown Point." In the battle 
that followed, the position of Colonel Stark's 
men was left of the redoubt, behind a rail 
fence. This line, protecting the flank of 
Colonel Prescott's troops, was the key to the 
position; and two desperate attacks at this 
point, by the very flower of the regular l^ritish 
army, led by General Howe in person, were 
repulsed. The New Hampshire men fought 
with the utmost bravery. Covering the retreat 
of Colonel Prescott, after their small stock of 
ammunition was exhausted, they retired from 
the field still nnconquered. Subsequently 
Mr. Evans was a jirivate in the regiments of 
Colonel Timothy ]5edel. Colonel Thomas 
Stickney, Colonel Joseph Cilley, and Colonel 
David Ilobart. He took part in the expedi- 
tion to Canada, was at Ticonderoga, and in 
the battles of Iiennington, Princeton, Trenton, 
and Saratoga. 

"On the 1 8th of July, 1777, Mr. Evans was 
commissioned Adjutant in the .Second New 
Hampshire Regiment of militia. The follow- 
ing is the staff-ndl, July, 1777: Thomas 
Stickney, Colonel; Nathaniel iMiierson, Lieu- 
tenant Colonel ; Bradbury Richard.son, .Major; 
James Head, Second Major; lulward F^vans, 
Adjutant: William Clements, Quartermaster: 
Josiah Chase, Surgeon; Daniel Peterson, Sur- 
geon's Mate. At the battle of Bennington, 
fought August 16, 1777, Mr. Evans was on 
the staff of Colonel Thomas Stickney in Gen- 
eral Stark's brigade. Stark so divided his 
force as to attack the enemy in front, on both 
flanks, and in the rear at the same time. Ad- 
jutant FIvans led one of the detachments, en- 
gaging the Hessians on their right wing. 
The entrenchments of the enemy were taken. 
Colonel Baum was killed, and most of his 
force were made prisoners. General Stark 
said of this battle, 'It lasted two hours, and 
was the hottest I ever saw. ' 

"Mr. Evans served until the close of the 
war, and was then honorably discharged. 
While in service he received a wound in the 
ankle, which did not heal for several years. 
After the war ended he returned to Salisbury, 
bought with his Continental scrip the Buzzell 
farm, and built a house there. Air. F',\ans 
spared no pains to educate his own chiklien. 
They took their books into the fields, where 
after working for a time they withdrew to the 
shade of a tree, where he taught them to write, 
using birch bark instead of paper, and doing 
their 'sums ' on the same material. When 
'Master ' Evans became unsuited for teaching 
by reason of age, he moved to Franklin on the 
river road, near his eldest son Josiah. Here 
he died May 26, iSiS, aged eighty-two years. 
A descendant of Lieutenant Edward Evans 
has recently placed a bronze marker over his 
grave in the Simonds Cemetery, F'ranklin. 



This mark' 
chusetts S( 
lution, to 
our l^;v(.ll 

i the cnihlciii used by the Alassa- 
ty, Sons of the Ameriean Revo- 
-nate the last rest iiiK-l'lii^'^- "f 
lary ])atriots. Ai the lop of a 

rod is the cross of the Order of St. Louis, 
about one foot in diameter, back of which is a 
laurel wreath, all of bronze metal. Each arm 
of the cross contains a letter of the inscrip- 
tion, 'S. A. R. ' (Soldier of the American 
Revolution), the lower arm having the date 
'1775.' The centre is a medallion in which, 
in relief, is the figure of a minute-man stand- 
ing by the side of a plough, surrouiidetl by 
thirteen stars." 

The other children of Mrs. Davison's 
parents were: Ransom I'"., Edward D. , Lucy 
Ann, Susan, George S., and Ellen F. Ran- 
som I'",, the eldest son, was born in 1S24. 
When about twenty years of age, he went to 
Boston, and was in the employ of his uncle on 
a farm for about a year. He then went to 
work in I-'aneuil liall RLarket for the firm of 
Sands & Craft. After some years the firm 
changed to Sands, Furber & Co., and young 
Mr. Evans became one (jf the partners, retain- 
ing that relation until his death in 1896. He 
was witlely known and esteemed among prod- 
uce dealers, being intimately identified with 
the market for more than fifty years. At the 
time of his death he was a member of the Ijos- 
ton Chamber of Commerce and of the Boston 
F"ruit and Produce Exchange. In the Handel 
and Haydn Society he was one of the oldest 
members. He was a self-made man, having 
begun life a poor boy, and having acquired a 
large property entirely through his own efforts. 
Always entertaining a strong affection for his 
New Hampshire home, he did much to improve 
the old homestead. Edward D. Evans is now 
deceasetl. Lucy Ann married Jacob Fottler, 
of Boston. At one time the book-keeper for 
Sands, h'urber & Co., when the two senior 

partners died, Mr. iM.ttler was taken into the 
firm by his brother-in-law; and since Mr. 
I'lvans's death he, with two other partners, has 
continued the business. Susan and George S. 
Evans are also deceased. ICllen F, , the young- 
est child, who was born in 1S45, attended the 
New Hampshire Conference Seminary at Til- 
ton. Afterward, at the age of si.xteen, having 
previously shown a remarkable talent for 
music, she went to ]5oston to study with a 
celebrated teacher; but after a time ill health 
obliged her to relinquish her hopes in this 
direction. Later in life she became inter- 
ested in painting, and in that art also showed 
a natural genius. Her pictures in oil and 
water colors arc characterized by a refined 
artistic taste. A portrait of Mrs. Davison's 
father, Ivlward Evans, and one of her brother, 
Ransom F. Evans, accompany this sketch. 

FORGE F. SANBORN, of Meredith, 
President of the Paris Night Robe 
Company, and an ex-member of the 
New Hampshire legislature, was born in this 
town, August 17, 1857, son of Dr. George 
and S(.)phronia (Stockbridge) Sanborn. His 
grandfather, Squire Samuel G. Sanborn, a 
prosperous farmer and a lifehuig resident of 
Gilford, N. H., wa.s prominent in the affairs of 
that town. Of his sons, George entered the 
medical profession ; and W. A. Sanborn be- 
came widely and favorably known as captain 
of " Steamer Lady of the Lake." 

George Sanborn, M.D., the father of George 
F., was born in Gilford, October 27, 1820. 
Having completed his early education at 
Franklin Academy, he pursued courses at 
Harvard and Dartmouth Colleges, graduating 
from the latter with the degree of Doctor of 
Medicine. After he had practised his profes- 
sion in Gilford and Sandwich for a time, he 


where he was a leading 
His nractice. 

iiiDved tt) .Merei.: 
[jhysiciaii tor thirty y 
which extended over a eirenit of fifteen miles, 
kept him e.instantly busy. Respected for his 
high character and abilit}-, he was elected 
legislative Representative of Meredith for 
two terms. He also served with efficiency as 
Town Treasurer and superintendent of schools 
for a number of years. His wife, Sophronia 
B., was born in Alton, N.H., daughter of 
George Stockbridge His only child is George 
F., the subject of this sketch. 

George F. Sanborn received his elementary 
education in the public schools. He subse- 
quently attended the Xew Hampton Institute 
and Tilton Seminary. After his studies were 
completed he engaged in the printing business, 
and established the :\[eredith Xcz.'s, a weekly 
pajier, which he carried on for twelve years, 
and which was the first one printed in Mere- 
dith. In 1SS3, while still publishing the 
.\\:,:<, he entered the drug business, which he 
still follows, having a thriving trade in that 
line. In 1896 the Paris Night Robe Company 
was organized and incoriiorated, and he was 
elected its President. Under the able direc- 
tion of its official head the business of this 
concern is developing rapidly. At present 
its output facilities are tested to their fullest 
capacity. Mr. Sanborn is also the Manager of 
the Meredith Pllectric Light Comi)any, and is 
quite extensively interested in the coal trade. 
Common opinion represents him as one of the 
most pirogressive young business men of the 

On December ro, I.S,S5, :\Ir. Sanborn was 
united in marriage with Charlotte J. I'rench, 
daughter of John li. i'rench, of Meredith. Ik- 
has one child, Royden W. In politics he has 
voted with the Democratic party since he came 
of age. He served as Moderator at town meet- 
ings for some years. In 1S85 he was elected 

a member of the Xew Ilampshin 
Representatives, in which he s 
ability for one term, and was app 
the Committee on Military Aff;i 
the Board of Water Commissioner 

ouse of 
d with 
:d u|Hin 
IS estab- 

lished, he was elected I'resident of that body; 
and he still serves in that capacity. 

HARLP:S ]':STI':S, a manufacturer of 
agricultural implements at Rochester, 
was born November 20, 1830, at 
North Berwick, Me., a son of John Mstes. 
He comes of English ancestry, the emigrant 
ancestor having been Richard Estes, who 
settled in North Berwick at a very early 
[jeriod. Jedediah, son of Henry Pastes, born 
in that town, was the grandfather of Charles. 
John listes, who was a plough-maker by trade, 
had an iron foundry in Berwick for many years. 
In 1840 he transferred his residence and busi- 
ness interests to Rochester, N.ll., remaining 
there until his death in 18S9, at the venerable 
age of eighty-seven years. He was a man of 
enterprise and business ability and a valued 
member of the Republican party. A pillar of 
the Society of Friends, he was alwavs inter- 
ested in its welfare, and contributed liberally 
to its support. In his estimation there was no 
religious creed comparable to that of the 
I'riends. He married Abiah Green, of .Straf- 
ford, and they reared four children; namely, 
Charles, Edwin T., Simon G., and Albert. 

Charles Estes completed his education at the 
P'riends' School in Providence, K.I., at the 
age of nineteen years. Returning then to 
Rochester, he worked with his father for two 
years, and was afterward for some years 
engaged in the foundry business in \-arious 
places, including the cities of P)over, N. IP, 
Lowell, Mass., Lawrence, Mass., the Charles- 
town and Portsmouth Navy Yards, New York, 


Fitchlnirg, Mass., and Wnonsncket and Provi- 
dence, R.I. Going in i S64 to the i'acific 
Coast, he spent si.\ months in Sacramento, 
Cal., and then for eight months was engaged 
in mining at Virginia City, Nev. He subse- 
quently made a short stay in Oakland, Cal., 
and the following year worked in the Montana 
mines, afterward travelling through the differ- 
ent States of the West for a time. In 1.S67 he 
returned to Rochester, took charge of his 
father's [ilant, and has since carried on a sub- 
stantial business as a manufacturer of agricult- 
ural implements of all kinds. Mr. PLstes is 
a man of intelligence and capability, upright 
in his dealings and promiit in his sujiport of 
whatever, in his opinion, is calculated to 
advance the welfare of the town and com- 
munity. He cast his first Presidential vote 
for John P. Hale, and since that time has been 
identified with the Republican party. h"or 
two years he served as .Selectnaan in Roches- 
ter. He was also Surveyor for a time, and 
held other offices. 

Mr. Pastes was married in 1852 to Miss 
Mercy Varney, daughter of Israel II. and 
Sarah (Knowles) Varney, of Rochester. They 
have seven children, namely: Helen Iv, the 
wife of Joseph II. Clark; Charles Iv, of 
Providence, R. I. ; Florcllo, a [ihysician, who 
is now in Switzerland; Almeda, who died at 
the age of si.xteen ; Albert \'., who died at the 
age of twenty-five; John F., of Hyde Park, 
Mass. ; and Adaline S., the wife of William 
Wright, an attorney-at-Iaw, of Rochester. 
Mr. Estes and his family attend the religious 
meetings of the P""riends, of Rochester. 

OLONKL georgp: w. sti-:vp:ns, 

ne time a prominent lawyer of La- 
mia, was born at Hill, N.H., No- 
18 14, son of l{ben Ste\'ens, a 

farmer of Hill. His mother, who came from 
Hampton, li\-ed to the venerable age of ninety- 
five. The father continued his active life on 
the farm until a short time previous to his 
death. At one time he was a member of the 
State legislature. They had five children, of 
whom Hiram, the eldest, became a Baptist 
minister, and died at Meredith Village; Lo- 
renzo L). was a farmer of Franklin; Cutting, 
the third son, was Captain of a company in the 
Seminole War in I'lorida, and afterward 
.settled in the West; George W. is the subject 
of this sketch ; and Chase, who was connected 
with a Manchester woollen-mill, served as a 
non-commissioned officer of the P'ourth New 
Hampshire Regiment during the late war. 

The educational advantages of his day hav- 
ing been limited, the schooling of George W. 
Stevens was confined to the short winter term 
in the district schools of Hill. His father, 
absorbed in agriculture, wished his son to 
take up farming life; but the boy was of a 
studious temperament, and was resolved to ob- 
tain a higher education in spite of obstacles. 
He studied early and late, and by persistent 
apjjlication to his books he qualified himself to 
teach school. From this he became able to 
commence the study of law in the office of 
Judge Nesmith at Franklin. Upon his ad- 
mittance to the bar he bought the practice of 
Judge Warren Lovell, of Meredith, where he 
remained until he came to Laconia in 1855. 
Here he was associated with Jeremiah Elkins, 
under the firm name of I^lkins & Stevens, and 
later with O. A. J. Vaughan. After one or 
two more changes he formed a cfipartnership 
with C. I'. .Stone, a relation which continued 
until his retirement from practice, June 17, 
1873. He married Sarah A., daughter of 
Thomas Davenport, of Meredith, whose family 
was among the first settlers of the place. Of 
the four children born to them, three are liv- 


iiig, namely: Georgiaiina, whci niarricd !\I. C. 
lioyiiton, a dry-goods merchant of Boston ; 
Ella, now Mrs. M. K. Harkness, of Salt Lake 
City, Utah ; and George Edward, who was 
educated at Tilton Seminary, New London 
Academy, and New llamjjton Academ\-, is 
now married, resides in Laconia, and is the 
Superintendent of the Winthrop Hosiery Mills. 

Colonel Stevens died October 2, 1877, two 
yeSrs after his wife, whose death occurred No- 
vember 10, 1875. They were both active 
workers during the Civil War. The forming 
of the Twelfth New Hamiishire Regiment was 
largely due to his untiring efforts; and Mrs. 
Stevens was prominent as President of the 
Soldiers' Aid Society, which did so much for 
the comfort of our brave soldiers. Colonel 
Stevens was President of the Belknap County 
Bar Association for some time previous to his 
death. He was one of the founders of the 
Unitarian Society in Laconia, and of those 
who took an active part in the erection of the 
church. A Democrat in politics, he repre- 
sented Laconia for a time in the legislature. 
Colonel .Stevens was a man of the strongest 
individuality. A brother lawyer, long asso- 
ciated with him, gives the following word por- 
trait of the Colonel : — 

"As a lawNcr ami a neighbor I have known 
him since 1S59. He was a magnificent-look- 
ing man at his best, tall, heavy, with a Web- 
sterian head and a high, massive forehead. 
He possessed a fle.xible, agreeable voice, and 
was a profound thinker, being recognized as 
one of the ablest thinkers of his day through- 
out the State. No man was more impressive 
as an advocate or before an audience. Seen 
in the court-room at his leisure, he was disap 
pointing, and in his ordinary work he did not 
e.xcel ; but with the eccentricity of genius, 
once aroused and interested in the cause he 
championed, he would descend like an ava- 

lanche upon his unluck)' opponents, and in a 
whirlwind of eloquence carry everything before 
him. I'lrratic, he would maintain a position 
with zeal in trying a case, which he would 
suddenly abandon; and he was ciuite likely 
to do his most brilliant work on cases in\d!\-- 
ing the smallest sums, while the most impor- 
tant causes would be treated with inattention. 
Like most men of genius, he possessed whims. 
He always read the dissenting opinions of the 
court, feeling that they had something of 
worth. He was a bold free-thinker, and read 
such authors as Buckle, Lecky, Herbert Spen- 
cer, and John Stuart Mill, grasping their 
thoughts with a mental power that carried him 
oftentimes far beyond the conceptions of these 
weighty minds. Colonel Stevens was at his 
best in his thirties, maturing early in life. 
He was public-spirited, and labored al wax's for 
the interests of the town. He wanted good 
churches, good hotels, good roads, develc;p- 
ment of water-power, and woiked hard to attain 
these ends. He had no cjuarrel with any 
creed. He was familiar with the Bible and 
the commentaries thereon, and revelled in log- 
ical fields. He was a man of the most upright 
moral character and a kind husband, though 
home interests meant less to him than t<.) 
many. His heart was in his efforts foi' the 
godd of town. State, and cnuntix'; and in the 
death of this original and brilliant man New 
Hampshire lost one of whum she may be justh' 

ANK HOLT, a retired hosiery m; 
facturer of Lakeiiurt, Belknap County, 
N.H., was born in Leicester, Leices- 
tershire, England, in 1827, son of William 
and Sarah (Hospool) Holt. William Holt 
was a native of the same English town, where 
he was engaged in d^-eing and cleansing 
hosiery. He died in his native land through 


overwork, at the age of forty-nine years, leav- 
ing four children. 

Frank Holt, who was the third child nf his 
parents, acquired a gnod education in I'jigland, 
and also learned the manufacture of hosiery. 

He came to Am 

at first 

in Philadelphia, wdiere he worked about a year 
and eight months in the factories of Wiah Co.\ 
and Edward Wade. He then went to Vnmk- 
lin, N.H., where he was employed as over- 
seer in Thomas Appleton's mill until it was 
destroyed by fire in 1856. The following 
year he came to Lake Village, now Lakeport, 
finding work in another mill owned by AL'. 
Appleton. In 1877 he began manufacturing 
for himself, and three years later became asso- 
ciated with Mr. John Lee in the proprietorship 
of the Bayside Mill, the firm conducting 
business under the style of Frank Holt & Co. 
This partnership lasted until iSc;)2, when Mr. 
Holt disposed of his interest and retired from 

In 1848 Mr. Holt married Anna, daughter of 
J.ihn and Mary (Waters) lliffe, of Inkley, 
Leicestershire, England. Three children are 
the result of their union — Mary, .Sarah, and 
William. The two daughters still reside at 
home with their father; while William is a 
resident of Meriden, Cnnn. Mrs. Holt died 
in July, 1888. In politics Mr. Unit is a Re- 
puldican. He is a member of Chucorua I.ndge, 
No. 51, I. O. O. F., of Lakeport; and he at- 
tends the Free Baptist church. He has been 
successful in acquiring a competence, and is 
enjoying his well-earned retirement. 

I A R L E .S K. M A N S O N , a wel 1- 

known and respected citizen of East 
Rochester, was born December 20, 
1S28, in Great Falls, this State, a son of John 
and Caroline (Lord) Manson. His paternal 

grandfather, John Manson (first), who spent 
his early life in Limington, York County, 
Me., subsequently removed to Eaton, Wash- 
ington County, Me., where he made his per- 
manent home until his ileath. Nathaniel 
Manson, a seafaring man, and one of the first 
John's brothers, in the War of 181 2 was taken 
on board a privateer, conveyed to I^ngland, 
and confined in Dartmoor Prison for some 

John Manson, the father of Charles E., came 
to Rochester in 1834, and was engaged in the 
business of carpenter, contractor, and builder 
in this vicinity until his demise in 1869. A 
man of much force of character and quite in- 
fluential in local politics, he was one of the 
si.x men who bolted from the Whig party and 
formed the Free Soil party. He married Miss 
Caroline Lord, daughter of Benjamin Lord, of 
Berwick, Me. They became the parents of 
four children, as follows: Charles li., the sub- 
ject of this sketch; Sabrina, who died at Great 
Falls in infancy; John, whose death occurred 
at Port Chester, N.Y., at the age of forty-four 
years; and l-'rank C, of Saxonville, Mas.s. 

Charles E. Manson received his preliminary 
education in the district schools of Rochester, 
afterward continuing his studies at the Roch- 
ester Academy until si.xteen years old. He 
then learned the carpenter's trade from his 
father, with whom he worked for five years. 
In 1851 Mr. Manson entered the factory of 
Messrs. Hall and Springfield at East Roches- 
ter, where he had charge of the repairs and the 
weaving department until the burning of the 
mill in 1857. Going then with I\Ir. Spring- 
field to Wolfboro, N. H., he was employed by 
him in the same capacity until 1879. In that 
year Mr. Manson accepted the position of 
superintendent of the Cocheco Woollen Mill 
at East Rochester. Next year he became agent 
for the Cocheco Woidlen Manufacturing Com- 


pany, an important office, which he faithfully 
filled for fifteen years. lie practically retired 
from active business then, although he has 
since been connected with the firm of Tibbetts 
& Hayes, lumber dealers of East Rochester. 
Mr. Manson cast his first Presidential vote in 
1852 for General Scott, and since that time he 
has been a steadfast supporter of the Republi- 
can party. In 1885 and 18S6 he served as 
a Representative to the General Court of 
New Hampshire. He belongs to Cocheco 
Lodge, I. O. O. v., of East Rochester; to Hu- 
mane Lodge, E, & A. M., of Rochester; to 
Temple Chapter, R. A. M., Rochester, of 
which he is a charter member; to the Orphan 
Council of Dover; and to Palestine Command- 
ery, K. T., Rochester, of which he is also a 
charter member. Mr. Manson contributes lib- 
erally toward the support of the Methodist 
Iqiiscopal Church of East Rochester, which he 
usually attends. 

In 1849 Mr. Manson married ]{liza A. Jel- 
lerson, of Rochestei;. The fruit of this union 
was one child, George E., born August 31, 
1854. He contracted a second marriage Jan- 
uary 29, 1856, with Mary A. I-'oss, daughter 
of Henjamiii and Patience (Home) Eoss, of 
Rochester. l>y this union he became the 
fatlier of two children, namely: Mary Carrie, 
born June 5, 1S59; and Annabell, born -Sep- 
tember 17, 1862, who died September 18, 
■•S64. ^^^ 

DN. JOHN W. BUSIER, for many 
ears a well-known woollen manu- 
^ ^ facturer of I.aconia, N.IL, was born 
at Moultonboro, N.H., March 28, 1815.- His 
jjarents were Moses F. and Relief Busiel, and 
he was the eldest of a family of seven sons and 
one daughter. Five of his brothers are now 
living, namely: Albert II., Lewis F., antl 
William M. Husiel, of Laconia: Harrison M. 

Busiel, of liast Andover, X.H.: and George 
H. Busiel, of Providence, R.I. 

Mr. BusiePs education was obtained in the 
common schools at a jjeriod when country 
boys seldom attended school more than one 
term of eight weeks during the year. Mager 
for knowledge from the first, he made the most 
of his limited opportunities. He was quick 
to learn; and what he learned he learned thor- 
oughly, thus building a solid foundation for 
the acquirements of after years. In his early 
youth he decided to be a woollen manufact- 
urer; and he startetl out at the age of twelve 
years, with his scanty wardrobe tied up in a 
handkerchief, to walk to Loudon, N.H., where 
he entered the mill of his great-uncle, Lewis 
Zanders, who carded rolls and made flannels 
and cloths used in that period. A boy of ex- 
ceptional energy and determination, he re- 
mained with his uncle until he was nineteen 
years old, seizing every opportunity to learn 
the business, and at the same time proceeding 
methodically with his studies, while the other 
boys were at play. At nineteen years of age, 
with a new suit of clothes and one hundred 
dollars in his pocket, young Busiel left his 
uncle's roof and went tn Amesbury, Mass., 
where he was employed in a woidlen-mill, and 
completed his trade. Many tinies during his 
stay in Amesbury he walked home, and out of 
his scanty earnings assisted in maintaining 
the family. 

After completing his ]ieriotl of service in 
Amesbury, he returned to New Hampshire, 
and in a small mill in Meredith, N.H., began 
business for himself. 'Phis he carrieil on for 
the next ten years, carding woollen-rolls for 
hand spinning, and finishing the cloths which 
it was then the custom for the farmers' wives 
to weave. He also began there the manu- 
facture of satinet cloth 'and knitting yarn. In 
1846 he took the old Bean Mill at Laconia, 


and here continued to produce these articles. 
This mill was later called the Morrison Mill, 
and upon its site now stands the dyehouse f)f 
the firm of J. \V. Busiel & Co. During the 
great fire of the Strafford Mill this old one- 
story wooden structure was ]iartially hui'ned, 
and in 1S53 Mr. I'.usiel purchased the land and 
watei--power foi'merly used by the .Sti-afford 
Company. On this site he erected the first of 
the buildings now used by J. W. Busiel & Co. 
He here added to his list the manufacture of 
Saxony and Germantown yarns. Mr. fkisiel 
received a gold medal at the Cr)'stal Palace 
ICxdiihitiim in I.onddn, for the Ijcst mixture of 
cotton and wool yain. 'l"he invention of the 
circular ribbed knitting machine by Jonas and 
Walter Aiken in 1856 led Mr. Busiel to in- 
troduce the maimfacture of Shaker socks and 
underwear. At the beginning of the Civil 
War the production of army socks became an 
industi-y in which Mr. Busiel engaged; and 
after the war the manufacture of different vari- 
eties of hosiery became the sole product of the 
mill carried on by Mr. Busiel until the time 
of his death, which occurretl July 26, 1872. 

On December 23, 1841, he married Julia 
M., daughter of Steiihen and Julia Tilton, ot 
Meredith. Of this union were born three sons 
and one daughter. The daughter died in 
infancy. The sons have liveil to be an honor 
to their father's name. The eldest is Charles 
A. Busiel, ex-Governor of New Hampshire. 
The other sons, John T. and Frank E., now 
carry on the business founded by their father; 
and all three live in I.aconia. The house in 
which ]\Irs. Busiel now resides was built by 
Mr. Busiel five years previous to his decease. 

He was a strong Democrat in politics, and 
represented Laconia in the State legislature in 
the years 1870-71. Mr. Busiel manufactured 
the first gas burned in f.aconia, and laid the 
first slate used here for roofing purjioses. He 

also put in the first boiler and steam heat in 
Laconia. He took a great interest in the wel- 
fare of the town, and always gave gener(uisly 
to public buildings and for the ]iromotion of 
all plans for town improvement. He a 
Trustee of the ]5elknap Savings B.iid<. lie 
attended the Congregational churcli, of which 
Mrs. B.usiel is a meml>er, and contribute.) lib- 
erally to its support. 

This [niblic-s[Hrited man was of a kin<l- 
hearted, generous nature, benevolent and un- 
selfishly devoted to the interests of his town. 
His rugged honesty, his strong antipathy to 
sham and false pretence, his fair and generous 
dealings with his employees, and his e\'er- 
ready help to the poor and unfortunate arc 
well known to the townspeople of his genera- 
tion. He was emphatically a self-made man. 
From nothing he rose to a comfortable inde- 
pendence in this world's goods; and in his 
early, sudden death the community lost a man 
whom it hail learned to love and to respect. 
His mortal remains were bui ied in the Lieau- 
tiful I'nion Cemetery in Laconia. 

RANK ]•:. B.USIb:L, a well-known 
wo(dIen manufacturer of Laconia, V>c]- 
knap County, N.H., was born in this 
town, October 31, 1S52, son of John W. and 
Julia (Tilton) ]5usiel. His father was a 
native of Moultonboro, and his mother of 
Meredith. They had four children: Charles 
A.; JohnT. ; Frank !•:., the subject of this 
sketch; and one daughter, Julia M., who died 
at the age of eight months. John W. I'.usiel 
was a prominent woollen manufacturer, and 
was the first in Lac(Uiia to make use of a 
steam boiler. 

Frank K. ]5usiel was educated in the schools 
of his native town and at Gilford Academy. 
He then entered his father's factory to thor- 


ouglily familiarize himself with the business. 
He vvoiketl three years as second hand, and 
proved so efficient that he was placed in charge 
of the knitting department, which position he 
filled until his father's death in 1872. He 
was then admitted to partnership, the business 
being carried on under the style of J. W. 
Busiel & Co. In politics Mr. Busiel is a Re- 
publican. While too much absorbed in busi- 
ness to give much attention to politics, he has 
served as Chairman of the Police Commission, 
to which position he was appointed in April, 

r)n November 19, 1S74, Air. Busiel was 
united in marriage with Hattie A. Sanborn, of 
Haverhill, Mass. He has two children, the 
elder of whom, Grace, is now attending ]?rad- 
ford Seminary in Massachusetts. 

the city (if Dover, N.IL, was born 
in Sanford, York County, Me., on 
the twentj^-second day of November, 1857. 
He is the son of Joseph T. and Susan Frost 
Nason. His paternal grandfather, Daniel 
Nason, who was born in the town of Kenne- 
bunkport, Me., and lived there for a goodly 
portion of his earthly years, was a substantial 
citizen, possessing ability and property, anil 
was engaged in ship-building and in the 
foreign trade. His father, Joseph T. Nason, 
as a young man was interested in educational 
matters. He spent three years as a student in 
Bowdoin College, and then served as principal 
of several of the leading schools in the State. 
Later in life he was engaged in navigation, 
and was master of vessels in the foreign trade. 
Mr. Joseph T. Nason died at Kennebunk, 
Me., in the month of January, 1884, his wife 
surviving till December, 1893. They were 
respected members of the community, commu- 

nicants of the Congregational church, and ex- 
amples of probity. 

William F. Nason attended school in the 
towns of South Berwick and Kennebunk: and 
alter completing a high-school course in the 
latter place he entered a law office, where he 
remained for two years in the study of law. 
He then went to Wolfboro, X. II., 'and read 
law with the Hon. Buel C. Carter. Being 
admitted to the bar in 1879, he came to 
Dover, his present home, and formed a law 
joartnership with Mr. Carter, where he has 
since given his time to the pi'actice of his 

Although ever a stanch advocate of the 
principles of true Republicanism, and fre- 
quently selected to represent his party in posi- 
tions of trust and responsibility, it cannot be 
urged that ]\Ir. Nason has courted ])olitical 
honors. Strong and loyal in his friendships, 
quick to comprehend, and fearless in his con- 
victions, tenacious f)f purpose, yet eminenth' 
fair and considerate in his judgments, he has 
won the universal respect of his fellow-citi- 
zens, and is held in the highest esteem, even 
by those who have found in him a professional 
or political adversary. 

He was chosen Solicitor of his adopted city 
in 18S3, and again in 1884, serving in all 
seven years in that capacity. As a member of 
the New Hampshire le'gislature in 1887 and 
1888, he took a prominent part in all the im- 
portant measures of that session, winning rec- 
ognition as one of the most forceful speakers 
and ready debaters on the floor of the House. 
During his legislative term he served on the 
Judiciary Committee, and was also Chairman 
of the Committee on Elections. In 1892 he 
was prevailed upon to allow his name to be 
presented before the County Convention as a 
candidate for County Solicitor; and in the 
"battle of the ballots" his popularity tlirough- 




out the county gave added strength to the 
party ticket, and secured for him a flattering 
majority. His services proved so satisfactory 
that he was returned by a phenomenal majority 
in 1894, and was re-elected for the third time 
in 1896. 

At the mayoralty caucus in November, 
1895, he was selected as the standanl bearer 
for his party; and at the succeeiling election 
he received the unanimous vote of the people, 
no opposing party candidate being presented. 
Again in 1896, under almost precisely similar 
conditions, was he chosen as the city's chief 
magistrate; and at the present writing, 1897, 
he occupies the Executive chair. His admin- 
istration as Mayor has been conspicuous for its 
practical economy and broad and comprehen- 
sive business methods, no suspicion of parti- 
.sanship attaching to his management of mu- 
nicipal affairs. Although manifestly averse to 
notoriety, desirous of avoiding all pomp and 
pageantry, he has, nevertheless, judiciously 
and becomingly fulfilled the social functions of 
his high office; and, in fact, no emergency has 
ever found him unprepared when the interests 
or dignity of the city required an able and 
worthy champion. 

(HrArclR .SANBORN, a pro.sperous and 
^1 well-to-do fanner of I.aconia, was born 

^:jJ in Moultonboro, N. H., January 13, 
1S43, son of William and .Sally (Dame) San- 
born. His grandfather, Jacob Sanborn, was a 
farmer and a lifelong resident of Gilford. He 
died at the age of forty -three years. He was 
the father of two sons — William and l-jioch, 
of whom the last named is living in GilfoK], 
at the age of seventy-eight years. 

William Sanborn was born in Gilford, ami 
remained at home until he was thirty \ears 
old. He then bought a farm at Moultoidjom 

Neck, where he resided until 1S50, when he 
returned to Gilford, and passed the rest of his 
life in that town. lie was prominent in 
church matters. His wife, Sally Dame San- 
born, was a daughter of Richaril Dame, who 
came from Tortsmouth, N.H., to Gilford. 
.She was a woman (jf superior education, and 
had taught school jirevious to her marriage. 
She became the motlier of two children: ]•:]- 
vena, who died in 1886; and Jacob, the sub- 
ject of this sketch. 

Jacob Sanborn, after attending the district 
school in his boyhood, began active life as a 
farm assistant. He continued thus employed 
until 1866, when he was engaged to manage 
his present farm by Polly Smith, who owned 
the projjerty. This lady was the representa- 
tive of a well-to-do family; and at her death 
she willed the farm to Mr. Sanborn, as a re- 
ward for the faithful manner in which he had 
labored in her fiehalf. He has since enlarged 
the property by the inuchasing of more land, 
and has otherwise improved it by remodel- 
ling the buildings: and he has met with the 
natural reward of his industry and good judg- 
ment in a continually increasing prosperity. 
He owns land in Sanbornton, Meredith, and 
Gilford; and he has derived considerable 
profit from stock-raising. 

Mr. Sanborn married Augusta I'erley, a 
sister of Louis I'erley, a sketch of whom 
appears elsewhere in this work. Mr. and 
Mrs. Sanborn have one child, I'earl, who is 
now attending the high school and is prejiaring 
for colleoe. 

p)h:VI W. ALLl'N, a retired business 
man of Rochester, was born March 26, 
823, near the house which he now 
occupies, son of William and Sarah (Nute) 
Allen. The Aliens originally came from 


ICnijland, where tiiey were peoiile of considera- 
tion. Tlie American family is traced ijack to 
two brothers, Charles and Samuel Allen, both 
members of Parliament for some years, who 
wore sent here l:)y the luiglish government to 
take charge of Whitehall Swamp, a tract of 
land one mile wide and eight miles long, sit- 
uated in Rochester on the Salmon Falls 
]\.iver. Mere, for a number of years before 
the Revolution, they engaged in getting out 
timber for the manufacture of masts and spars 
fur the use of the home government. John 
Allen, the great-great-grandfather of Levi \V. , 
came to Rochester from Durham, and was one 
of the pioneers of this town. He left his land 
to his son William, whose son, Major Samuel 
Allen, served in the Revolutionary War. 
Major Allen's son William, the father of Levi 
W., was the next proprietor of the homestead 
])ropcrty. I^rought up to farming and lumber- 
ing, William continued in these occupations. 
In following the latter, he made a specialty of 
supplying the material for masts and spars. 
The lumber for the first woollen factory at 
Great I-'alls was furnished by him. ]iy his 
wife, Sarah, who was a daughter of Jotham 
Nute, of Milton, N.IL, he became the father 
of eight children, of whom Amasa is the onlv 

After attending the district schools of 
Rochester in his earlier years, Levi W. Allen 
completed his education at Great Falls. In 
1839 he left the parental home, going to 
Natick, Mass., where he was engaged for three 
years in the shoe business. Me returned to 
Rochester in 1S42, and for a long time after- 
ward can-ied on an extensive business in the 
manufacture of shoes and lasts, and had a large 
wholesale and retail store. Subsequently he 
transferred his business to Dover, and there 
successfully conducted it for twelve years. In 
i(SSj he returned again to the scenes of his 

childhood; and on account of asthma, witli 
which he is afflicted, he has since lived retired 
from business pursuits. He was married Sep- 
tember 3, 1S46, to Miss Sarah Ann Furbush, 
of Lelianon, Me. He has always taken a great 
interest in local affairs, giving his hearty sup- 
port to the Republican party, but has not 
been an office-seeker. Since boyhood he has 
been in communion with the Walnut Grove 
Free Will Baptist Church, which he has 
served for some years as Sunday-school super- 

well-known and highly esteemed physi- 
cian of Dover, Strafford County, N.IL, 
was born within the limits of this township, 
October 23, 1842. His father, Charles Mam, 
a son of bLphraim Mam, and a native of Dover, 
born May 10, iSoo, for many years carried on 
general farming in this locality, and here mar- 
ried Abigail D. Bartlett. 

John R. Ham was reared on the parental 
homestead, and received his elementary educa- 
tion in the district schools of the neighbor- 
hood. He subsequently continued his studies 
at Franklin Academy, in Dover, after which 
he worked on the farm during seed-time and 
harvest. His winters for a time were em- 
ployed in teaching school, thereby earning 
some money toward defraying his expenses 
while preparing himself for a professional 
career. In 1862 he read medicine with Dr. 
A. J. II. Buzzell, of Dover, in the meanwhile 
attending lectures at Bowdoin Medical C(d- 
lege. During the following spring he studied 
with Dr. Levi G. Hill, of this city, and in the 
next winter attended lectures at Harvard Medi- 
cal School, afterward reading medicine with 
Dr. J. H. Wheeler. 

In August, 1864, Dr. Ham was appointed 
Assistant Surjreon of the One Hundred and 


Filtcciith Regiment, lliiitcd States Colored 
Inlaiitry, being mustered in at Louisville, 
Ky. He was also medical purveyor for a time 
ot the Twenty-fifth Army Corps. The Doctor 
was subsequently iironioted to the position of 
Surgeon of the regiment, and with the Army 
of the James was present at tlie fall of 
Richmond. After that event he was on duty 
in Te.xas until March lo, 18G6, when he was 
honorably discharged from the service. On 
his return to Dover, Dr. Ham resumed his 
studies at Bowdoin Medical College, from 
which he was graduated in the following June. 
Since then he has been successfully engaged 
in the practice of his profession in his native 
city. For ten years of this time he served as 
Coroner of Strafford County, and for four 
years of it he was a member of the School 
Committee. In politics he is a stanch Re[iub- 
lican, and during the administration of Presi- 
dent Harrison he served as United States 
Pension Surgeon for Strafford County. The 
Doctor is an active member of the New Hamp- 
shire Plistorical and Medical Societies; of 
Charles W. Sawyer Post, No. 17, G. A. R., 
of which he is Past Commander; and he is a 
prominent Mason of this city, belonging to 
Strafford Lodge, No. 29, and to Iielknap 
Chapter, No. 8. He has been a member of 
the I'irst Church (Congregational) since 1S64, 
in which since 1.S78 he has performed the 
duties of Deacon. The Doctor has published 
"The Ham Family in Dover," "The Physi- 
cians of Dover," "Localities in Ancient 
Dover," and "The liibliography of Dover." 
His library contains the best private collection 
of local history in that part of the State. 

On November 9, 1871, Dr. John R. Ham 
was united in marriage with Emily Caroline 
Hersey, daughter of General George W. 
Hersey, of Wolfboro, N.H. Of this union 
five chiklren liave been born, of whom but two 

are now living — Lmily II. and Julia M. 
The former, who was graduated fiom Welles- 
ley Cidlege in the class of 1S93, is now a 
teacher in the Dover High .Scho,,] ; while 
the vounger daughter is a pupil of that iusli- 

)f the firm of Simpson & Towle, tlealers 
in general merchandise. Centre Har- 
bor, N.H., was born in Parsonsfield, Me., 
August 27, i,SG8, son of James F. and luiima 
J. (Moulton) T.)wle. II is grandfather, J.iseph 
G. Towle, was a native of Porter, Me. ; and 
the active period of his life was sjient as a 
farmer. James F. Towle, father of I-'rank 
L., was born in Porter, .Me., and in his 
younger days was varicjusly emploved as an 
operative in saw-mills and as a clerk in 
country stores. He finally engaged in agri- 
cultural pursuits in his native town. His 
wife, p:mma, is a daughter of J.ihn S. Moul- 
ton, of Sandwich, N.H. She has had two 
children: Irving, who died in 1888, agetl 
twenty-si.x years; and P'rank L. , the subject 
of this sketch. 

Frank Leslie Towle received a puldic- 
school etlucation, and entereil mercantile busi- 
ness as a clerk immediately after completing 
his stmlies. He was emplo\-ed in a store in 
Centre Harbor for a -year, and then went to 
work for Simpson & F'rench, with whom he 
remained for two years. He then went to 
Dover, N.H., where he clerked one year 
W. S. Wiggin, finally buying out his em- 
ployer. A year later he sold the business, 
and, returning to Centre Harbor, jjurchased 
Henry F3. French's interest in the firm for 
which he had formerly worked; and the firm of 
Simpson & Towle is now one of the most 
prosperous among the general merchants in 
this section of the State. 


On August 27, 1893, Mr. Towle was juincd 
in marriage with I'lliza S. Craves, daugliter of 
Joseph S. Craves, of Centre JIarljor. Mrs. 
Towle is the nuitiier of two ehihlren — Ruth 
C. and Mina ]•:. Mr. T.nvle is a member of 
\Vinnepesaui<ee Tribe, Improve.l Order of 
Red IVfen. 

§().Sh;p}I N. HAYl'.S. a practical agri- 
culturist of the t<iwn of Rochester, was 
born August i, 1836, on the farm 
where he now resides, a son of James Y. 
Hayes. The paternal grandfather, Joseph 
Hayes, was the founder of the family in this 
section of New Hampshire. Prior to the 
Revolution he settled on the old Hayes home- 
.stead, and during that hard struggle for inde- 
pendence he contributed toward the support of 
the ]iatriot soldiers from the scanty productions 
of his farm. James Y. Hayes succeeded to 
the parental acres, spending his life on the 
farm where his birth occurred, being here 
engaged in general agriculture until his death. 
To him and his wife, whose maiden name was 
Alice A. Hayes, several children were born; 
namely, Joseph X., Lydia .S., Mary A., Julia 
A., Clara A., Lucretia A., James C, and 
Benjamin F. 

Joseph \. Hayes received his education in 
the district schools of Rochester and at the 
academy of Wolfboro. Then, at the age of 
nineteen, he returned to the homestead, and 
thereafter assisted on the farm until the ileath 
of his father in 1865. The farm, of which he 
has now full charge, contains one hundred and 
seventy-five acres of land, and is pleasantly 
situated on the Rochester Neck Road, about 
five and a half miles north-west of Dover. 
Here he carries on mi.xed husbandry and 
dairying with most satisfactory results. Pay- 
ing close attention to the details of his busi- 
ness, he is considered one of the most skilful 




I 860, 

farmers of this locality, 
mber of the State legislature 
.-nting the town ot Rochester 
before it liecame a city. In 1870 he was again 
a candidate for the same office, but failed of 
a re-election by a few votes, his defeat having 
been caused by the Labor Reform [larty, then 
dominant in some [larts of New England. 
While in the legislature he worked for the 
best interests of his constituents, and was 
influential in having a bill passed for abolish- 
ing the district-school .system, and placing all 
the schools under the control of a board of 
education. He is a member of Wechohamet 
Lodge, I. O. O. ¥., of Dover; of Cocheco 
Grange, of Dover; and of the Good Templars 
Society of Gonic, having held the most of the 
offices of the lodge. He attends the Baptist 
church in the village of Gonic, which is about 
three miles from his home. 

On January 23, iSst), Mr. Hayes married 
Miss Susan P. Meserve, a native of Bartlett, 
N.H., and a daughter of Isaac Meserve, a 
prominent resident of that town. Mr. Meserve 
was Selectman of liartlett for many years. 
Mrs. Hayes died in 1879, having borne her 
husband three children. These were : Arthur 
H., who lives on the home farm; P'red ]{., 
who died at the age of fifteen; and Alice L., 
who died in infancy. Mr. Hayes contracted 
a second marriage on April 24, 18S3, with 
Miss A. Augusta Trickey, of Dover. 

HORGK W. MORRH.L, one of the 
uling farmers of Gilford, N.H., 
was born in this town, July 16, 
1S39, son of John Dudley and Lavina (Robin- 
son) Morrill. He comes of a very old family, 
being a lineal descendant of Abraham IMorrill, 
who immigrated to this country with his 
brother Isaac in the shii) "Lion," which ar- 


rived September if>, 1632. Both joined the 
Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of 
ISoston in 1638, the year of its charter. 

Abraham Morrill was a blacksmith l)y trade, 
and so many of his posterity in successive gen- 
erations chose the same occupation that the 
family has been humorously spoken of as be- 
longing to the Tubal Cain fraternity. He was 

granted a house and lot 
and was married June 
daughter of Rob( " ' 
Their children v 

-t C. 

in Salisbury in 1641, 
10, iC)45, to Sarah, 

jment, o"f Haverhill. 

Isaac, born July 10, 
1646; Jacob, born August 24, 164S; Sarah, 
born October 14, 1650; Abraham, Jr., born 
November 14, 1652; Moses, born December 
2S, 1655; Aaron, born August 9, 165S; 
Richard, born I<"ebruary 6, 1660; Lydia, born 
March 8, 1661 ; Hepsibah, born January 11, 
1663. Abraham Morrill died in 1662; and 
his will, which was probated October 14 of 
that year, shows him to have been a well- 
to-do' man for those times, the estate being- 
valued at five hundred and seven pounds. His 
wife exchanged her house lot for forty acres of 
u|)land on the "Great Playne " ; and on this 
land stand a par.sonage, a school, the town 
office, and other buildings. Mrs. Sarah C. 
Morrill, after the death of her first husband, 
married Thomas Mudgett, and had one daugh- 
ter, Mary Mudgett. 

Isaac, son of Abraham, and the second in 
the line now being traced, was also a black- 
smith, and lived in Salisbury. He marrietl 
Phcebe Gill, daughter of John Gill. He had 
eleven children, as follows — by wife Phcebe: 
Abraham, born August 22, 1671 ; and Lsaac, 
born .]M-obably July 24, 1673; and (by second 
wife, Susanna, says Savage) Mary, born P"eb- 
ruary i, 1674; Sarah, born May 29, 1675; 
Jacob, born May 25, 1677; John, born Novem- 
ber 2, 1679; Rachel, born P\'bruary iS, 
1682; Daniel, born P\'bruary 18, 1683; Je- 

24, I 


ber 3 

lorn October 9, 1685; Mary, born Scp- 
10, 1689; ami Rachel, born August 
)2. Isaac Morrill died (Jctober 17, 
nd his widow May 6, 1714, 

■vens, and the foil,, wing is the record .,f 
iklren: Jonathan and Joanna, twins, 
ibruary 15, 1703; Abraham, born De- 
22, 1703; Samuel, born Seiitember 27, 
oaiina, born I'ebruary 17, 1707; Ruth, 
cember 16, 1709; Jacob, born Septem- 
711; Jeremiah, born August 7, 1713; 
:h, born November 14, 1715; Judith, 
ly 4, 1719; and Sarah, born June 22, 

Abraham, son of Jacob, was the fourth in 
this line. His first wife, p:ieanor, died March 
26, 1745; and his second wife, Mary Currier, 
whom he married June 30, 1747, died July 2, 
1788. He was called by many P'ather or 
Faithful Abraham. He was a Representative 
to the General Court for many years. On 
February i r, 1757, he bought part of the iron 
works at Crawley's, Brentwood, N. H. His 
children were: William, born April 21, 1735; 
Abraham, born December 10, 1737; Zebedee, 
born August 4, 1740; laeanor, Iiorn October 
30, 1742; and Jabez, born February 15, 1745. 

William, son of Abraham and F^leanor, was 
Selectman in Brentwood in 1766, also in sub- 
secjuent years; and was a Deputy to the New 
Hampshire Fourth Provincial Congress at 
Exeter, May 17, 1775. He was made Justice 
of the Peace for Rockingham County in 1777, 
and was reappointed to that office in 1789 by 
the Council of New Hampshire. He married 
Lydia Trask in 1760, and their children were: 
Abraham, Lydia, Anna, William, Jr., Jona- 
than, and Nathaniel — the first three born in 
Brentwood. He died there January 28, 1812; 
and his wife died August 15, 1817. His will 
shows the following disposition of a jnoperty 


whicii was valued at thiitccii thousand nine 
hundred and seventy-nine dollars and one 
cent: to his son Abraham he gave ninet3-si.\ 
acres on which he was living, to William, Jr., 
two-thirds of the I'hilhrick farm and a watch, 
to Jonathan eighty-three acres, and to Nathan- 
iel the homestead of one hundred and sixty 

William Alorrill, Jr., the sixth in line, was 
born November 8, 1768, and died August 22, 
1.S38. His f^rst wife, Mary Gordon, died 
May 26, 1799; and his second wife, Elizabeth 
Dudley, daughter of Samuel Dudley, died Oc- 
tober 12, 1S65. His children were: Nathan- 
iel, born July 23, 1791; Dolly, burn April 6, 
1794; Zebedee, born July 10, 1796; Mary, 
born April 25, 179.S; Sarah, born January 3, 
iSoi; Samuel, born March 2t,, 1.S03; John 
Dudley, born July 25, 1805; Ann, born July 
20, 1S07; William, born April 2, 1810; 
Washington, born Januarv 3, 1813; I'rederick, 
born August 24, 181 5. 

John Dudley Morrill, the fourth son, mar- 
ried first Lavina Robinson, and by this union 
had three children: James R. ; Jolm V. ; and 
George W., the subject of this sketch. His 
second wife was Ruth Stevens, who had no 

George W. Morrill, having completed his 
course of study :it Laconia Academy, engaged 
in teaching school in the winter and farming 
in the summer. b'or a year after his marriage 
he remained with his father; and he then 
bought the Franklin Weeks estate, where he 
has since made his home. This place con- 
.sisted originally of three hundred acres, and 
Mr. Morrill has added to it until it now em- 
braces five hundred acres. He has turned his 
attention to stock-raising, especially that of 
.sheep, and is now making a specialty of the 
milk business. Becoming interested in the 
massage treatment about four years ago, he 

a masseur has 

He uses the 

has been veiy 

took up its practice, and 
established quite a reputat 
M(.nroe or deep treatment, 
successfid in his cases, which have been 
among the best people of the conmnmity. 
Nevertheless, his farming has, by no means, 
been neglected. Mr. Morrill has been Select- 
man of Gilford for three years; and for two 
years he represented his town in the State 
legislature, while there serving on the Com- 
mittee on Agriculture. He is ;it present 
Town Treasurer. He and his wife are mem- 
bers of the Methodist church, in which he 
has held the office of steward for the ]iast 
eighteen years. He is a Past Master and is 
now Lecturer of Mount l-ielknap Grange, No. 
52. In politics he has always been an out- 
spoken and active Reiiublican. 

Mr. Morrill was married November 26, 
1863, to M. Frances, daughter of Thomas and 
Nancy (Hill) Weeks. Her father, who was 
a man of some prominence, serving as Select- 
man and as Representative, and also holding 
other offices, was born in 1816, and died in 
1884. He had three children — M. Frances, 
S. Amanda, and Austin li. Mr. and ]\Irs. 
Morrill have one chikl— Leon, now married to 
Carrie E. Kimball. 

OIIN D. OTIS, a leading representative 
of the intlustrial community of l''arm- 
ington, N.H., where he is carrying on 
iving business as a blacksmith and gen- 
in iron work, was born in this 
town, January 15, 1S50. His father, William 
Otis, a son of Micager Otis, was born in 
Farmington, and here spent his life engaged 
chiefly in agricultural pursuits. He died in 
i860, at the age of fifty -three years. In poli- 
tics he was a sound Democrat, but took no 
part in local affairs. His wife, whose maiden 


name was Sarah iJcalaiul, here bini eleven 
children, fiiur of whom survive, namely: 
A. I. D. Otis; Geor-e W. ; Ruxie; and 
John D. 

John I). Otis attended the district schools 
of I'"arminL;ton in his boyhood, and put his 
hantl to the p]ouL;h in early life, workini;- until 
twenty-eii;ht years old as a farmer. lie then 
established himself as a blacksmith and car- 
riage repairer, and has since built up an ex- 
tensive and lucrative business in general job- 
bing, his work being noted for its durability 
and superior finish. Honest and ujjright in 
his dealings, and taking an active interest in 
the welfare of the town, he enjoys a wide pop- 
ularity, and in i8y6 was elected as a Repre- 
sentative to the General Court at Concord, 
receiving the largest majority ever cast in 
Farmington. In i^olitics he affiliates with the 
Republican party. 

On 1^'ebruary I3, 1885, Mr. Otis married 
Miss Susie 15. Pitman, of Barnstead, N.II., a 
daughter of lidward and Ann S. Titman.. 
They have two children — Harry L. and John 
C. Mr. Otis contributes liberally toward the 
su|)port of the Baptist church, which he and 
his family regularly attenil. 

"hlN'RY II. TIIOMl'SON, a prominent 
)ntractor and builder of Belmont, 
N.IL, and a member of the Board 
of Selectmen, was born in Gilford, Belknap 
County, November 2, i860, son of Joseph H. 
and Sarah A. (Bennett) Thompson. The 
Thompson family, it is said, are descendants 
of six brothers —, Amos, Richard, 
.Samuel, Jacob, and John — who were [lioneer 
settlers in Centre Harbor, N. H. 

Joseph II. Thompson, father of Henry II., 
was born in Centre Harbor, N.II. He lived 
there and at Laconia till about 184N, when he 

moved to (jilford, and there resided until his 
death in 1861. He was a shoemaker liy trade. 
His wife, Sarah A. Bennett, was born in Gil- 
ford, of which town her ancestors were i)io- 
neers and among the first tax-[xiyers. .She 
became the mother of two chililren, namely: 
Mmma J.; and Henry II., the subject of this 
sketch. iMiima J. married Ernest B. Veasey, 
a prosperous contractor of Manchester. 

Henry II. Thompson was educated in the 
common and high schools of Laconia. After 
leaving school he engaged in agricultural [jur- 
suits for a time, and in 1888 he entered into 
business as a contractor and builder. He has 
already gained a high reputation for reliable 
and painstaking work, and has just completed 
a house and stable in Laconia, costing fifteen 
thousand dollars. In 18*85 he removed to Bel- 
mont, anil erected a large frame house on 
Latld Hill, where he accommodates summer 

On June 18, 1S85, Mr. Thompson was 
united in marriage with Annie I{. Ladd, 
daughter of Harlan 1'. Laild. She was edu- 
cated at the Laconia High School. Three 
children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. 
Thompson, namely: Ralph II., who died 
young; Blanche L. ; and .Sarah Marion. 

Politically, Mr. Thompson supports the Re- 
publican party. He has been a Selectman for 
the past three years, and as a member of that 
body has rendered valuable services to the 
town. He is connected with the local grange, 
Patrons of Husbandry, and with the United 
Order of Pilgrim Fathers, of Laconia, N.II. 

Durham, who enjoys the distinction 
being the first Republican Rep- 
resentati\e to the legislature from this town, 
was born in Alton, N.IL, November 20, i S46, 


sun of Durrcll S. and Lucy (Ihakins) Cham- 
berlain. His father was a native of Alton, as 
was also his grandfather, John Chamberlain. 

Durrell S. Chamberlain has always resided 
at the homestead in Alton, situated near the 
New Durham line, and is an active and pros- 
])L'rous citizen. In ])ol!tics he supports the 
Republican party. He married Lucy Huck- 
ins, a native of Alton, and has three children: 
Henry E., the subject of this sketch: Ida C. ; 
and Ella, wife of Erank I?, Foss, of l-"arming- 
ton, N.H. 

Henry E. Chamberlain attended school in 
New Durham and Alton, and on the comple- 
tion of his studies he learned the shoemaker's 
trade. In 1868 he bought the J. 15. Young 
farm, where he has since resided, and, having 
made various improvements upon the land and 
buildings, now has one oi the most valuable 
pieces of agricultural property in this locality. 
He has availed himself of all modern machin- 
ery and appliances for general farming and 
dairying, and his success is the result of his 
progressive tendencies and excellent judgment. 

Mr. Chamberlain married Sarah Tucker, of 
I'enacook (apart of Concord, N.H.), and has 
three children: Stella, wife of Harry C. 
Knowlton, of Haverhill, Mass.: Arthur D., 
who is attending the New Hampton Literary 
Institute; and Lucy, who is now a pupil at 
the seminary for girls in E.xeter, N.H. Eor 
several years Mr. Chamberlain acted as Road 
Commissioner. His election to the House of 
Representatives in 1896 was considered a 
notable event in this vicinity, as the Demo- 
cratic party had succeeded in electing its leg- 
islative candidate for the past fifty years; and 
it is predicted that the new Representative 
from New Durham will do honor to his town, 
as well as to his party. Mr. and Mrs. 
Chamberlain are Adventists in their religious 

ON. JOHN G. JICWI'ITT, of Laconia, 
has served the public in various 
offices of trust, and is one of the 
best known public men of Helkna[) County. 
He is also prominent as an officer in some of 
the leading fraternal organizations of the day. 
A son of Smith and Statira (Glines) Jewett, 
he was born September 4, 1829, in Laconia, 
at that time known as Meredith Bridge. 

His grantlfather, Samuel Jewett, was the 
first permanent settler in what is now Laconia, 
coming here in 17S2, when the coimtry here- 
about was covered with heavy timber, and 
game of all kinds was plentiful. He owned 
more than half the land in what is now Ward 
Five, his property extending along the east 
side of the Winnepesaukee River from far 
above Main Street to some distance below; 
in fact, he had so much land that he could 
almost afford to give it away, and he sold the 
water privilege on this side of the river and 
seven acres of land for seven dollars. A part 
of his estate is still owned by the famil)'. 
His first dwelling was built near the site of 
Judge Jewett's present residence. .Samuel 
Jewett was a small man, but, like Captain 
Myles Standish, his courage was greater than 
his stature. He offered his services at the 
breaking out of the Revolution; and, being 
obliged to pass luider a pole to see if he was 
of the requisite height for military duty, he 
raised himself to his tiptoes, and passed the 
examination. He was in the battle of Bunker 
Hill, and served all through the war. Though 
not a church member, he was commonly known 
as "Deacon Jewett." He married Alpheus 
Smith, and had a family of three sons and five 
or si.x daughters. 

Smith Jewett was boi'n on the homestead in 
Laconia, and spent his life in this place, 
working at carpentry, and also following agri- 
cultural pursuits. He died at the age of 




scvuiity-five. His wife was a native nf Ndrtli 
field, N.II. Their lamily consisted of tiv 
hoys and five !j;irls. 

Jdhii Ct. was the sixth child born to hi 

In his 

he attende 


public schools of I.aconia and Gilford Acad- 
emy. After finishiiiL;- his studies he taught 
school more or less for ten years, also working 
at the carpenter's trade. In 1855 he went to 
South America, where he remained about six- 
teen months, returning in March, 1S57. He 
was subsequently employed for eight years in 
the Laconia Car Works. In 1S76 he was ap- 
pointed Justice of the Police Court of La- 
conia; and for nearly sixteen years he attended 
to the iluties of his (jffice, presiding with dig- 
nity and impartiality. In 1891 he resigned; 
and in April of that year he assumed charge 
of the post-office in Laconia, having been ap- 
pointed Postmaster by I'resident Harrison. 
He resigned this oflice in May, 1895, and 
since that time has been retired from public 
life. Judge Jewett was Registrar of Probate 
for two years. He began to serve the public 
nearly forty years ago, being appointed super- 
intendent of the School Committee of Gilford 
in 1S5.S. In 1859 '1^' was Collector of Taxes, 
the three years following he was Selectman of 
(iilford, antl in 1863 he was recruiting officer 
in that town. He was in the State legislature 
in isr./ and iSr,8, elected from Gilford, and 
while in the House served on the Committee 
of Belknap County to apportion the State tax. 
Judge Jewett was a member of the Laconia 
Boaril of ICducation some twelve years. 

In December, 1855, he was married to 
Car(.)line E. Shannon, a native of Harnstead, 
N.IL, and at the time of her marriage a resi- 
dent of Gilmanton. Mr. and Mrs. Jewett 
have three children: Stephen S., a ])rominent 
lawyer of Laconia; John P. ; and Katie H. — 
all married. The Judge has been a Free 

Mason for over thirty years, having joined 
Mount Lebanon Lodge, No. 32, of Laconia, in 
iSr,4; and he is a Past Master of this lodge. 
He is High Priest of Union Chapter, No. 7, 
R. A. M. ; and belongs ti) Pilgrim Command- 
ery. Knights Templar. Though not a profess- 
ing church member, he contributes liberally 
to the sui)port of the Congregational chLU-ch in 


;nerable anil esteemed citizen of 
Laconia, N.IL, for sixty years a 
leailing business man and manufacturer of 
Lake[)ort, was born in P'ranconia, Grafton 
County, this State, SeiHember 28, 18 14, the 
son of Isaac and Hannah (Atwood) Cole. 

His parents had twelve children, and he is 
now the only survivor of the family. Several 
emigrants from lingland having the name of 
Cole settled in Massachusetts in the seven- 
teenth century, among them Thomas, the pro- 
genitor of this branch of the family, who was 
living in Salem in 1649. It is thought that 
he came in the "Mary and John" in 1634. 
His son John removed from Salem to Maiden, 
Mass., and later to Lynn, where he died in 
1703. John Cole's son Samuel settled in ]5ox- 
fortl, Essex County, Mass., in 171 7, becoming 
a farmer in the West Parish. 

In the early part of the eighteenth century 
Samuel Cole's son, Samuel Cole, Jr., the 
great-graiulfather of Benjamin James Cole, 
was well known in Rowley and ]5oxford as a 
man of solid worth and property. Among his 
numerous children was Solomon, grandfather 
of the subject of this sketch, born in 1743. 
The family was intensely patriotic; and Solo- 
mon and his brothers — Daniel, Benjamin, 
Eliphalet, Phineas, .Samuel, and Simeon — it 
is said, i)erformed all together twenty-seven 
years of service in the Continental army dur- 


iiig the Revolutionary War. Solomon was en- 
i;ai;e(l in military service tliroughout the great 
struggle, lie took part in the battle of Hunker 
Hill anil nunieious other engagements, and 
was wounded in the Ijattle of Chipjjewa Creek. 
The house in which he lived is still standing 
in Rowley, and is occupied by one of the 
name, Caleb Cole. .Solomon Cole married a 
Miss Barker, and had eight sons — Timothy, 
John, Kimball, Isaac, l^enjamin, .Solomon, 
Samuel, and Asa. He was one of the stalwart 
men to whose patriotism, devotion to duty, and 
strong religious faith so much of our modern 
prosperity is due. He lived to the age of 
ninety-three, spending the last years of his 
life with his son, the Rev. Samuel Cole, in 
Lisbon, N.H. .Samuel Cole was a preacher 
(jf the gospel for forty years; and his son, the 
Rev. Moores Cole, has been in the Free Bap- 
tist ministry for forty-eight years. 

Isaac Cole, father of the subject of this 
sketch, was born in Rowley, Mssex County, 
Mass. In his young manhood he learned the 
trade of a cooper and later that of a cariienter. 
He married H.mnah Atwood when he was 
about twenty-three, and settled in Chester, 
N.H. Mrs. Cole was a woman of deei) relig- 
ious iirinciples, and carried her creed into 
daily practice. She was a native of Atkinson, 
N.H., and a cousin of Harriet Atwood, who 
married the Ivev. William Newell, and was 
the first woman missionary to go from the 
United States to India, about 1S20. Air. 
Cole lived in Chester for a few years, when he 
purchased some land in Landaff, Grafton 
County, and removed thither, giving his name 
to Cole's Hill, As he did not incline to 
agriculture, he went to i-'raneonia to assLune 
llie superintendency of the wootl-working de- 
partment of the New Hampshire Iron Manu- 
facturing located in that place. He 
remained in this i)osition for eight years, and 

at the expiration of that time removed to 
.Salisbury, now I'ranklin village, where he 
constructed one of the first foundries built in 
New Hami)shire, and carried it on for six 
years. In 1S27 the great advantages alforded 
at Batchelder's Mills, now Lakeport, induced 
him to remove to this place. Here he estab- 
lished and conducted for nine years the small 
foundry which was the germ of the present ex- 
tensive iron works of the Cole Manufacturing- 
Company. Mr. Isaac Cole was a very alert 
and intelligent business man, and had great 
mechanical aptitude. He was a valued mem- 
ber of the Free Baptist church fur many 

Benjamin J. was seven years old when his 
father removed to Salisbury; and he obtained 
his education in the schools of that town anti 
in tiie Noyes School and Sanbornton Acad- 
emy. In 1836, after an enforced idleness of a 
year and a half on account of poor health, he, 
with two brothers, assumed control of his 
father's iron foundry at Lakeport, under the 
firm name of Cole & Co. Ten years later the 
name was changed to that of Cole, Uavis & 
Co. ; and at the close of another decatle Mr. 
Cole became the sole proprietor of the jjlant. 
In 1S73 the manufactured products of the busi- 
ness were in such great demand as to necessi- 
tate the erection of additional buildings, the 
intiuductioii of new machinery, and a large 
increase of capital. The Cole Manufacturing 
Company was incorporated, having a capital of 
sixty thousand dollars. All the stock, except- 
ing about eight per cent., was owned by Mr. 
Cole and members of his family. 

This conijjany has carried on a \'ery exten- 
sive Inisiness. Its annual product has ranged 
as high as one humlred ami twenty-live thuu- 
,sand dollars, and a force of one hundred and 
sixty men has lieen employed. Under the 
present business ilepression the i)roduct reaches 


iixty thmisand ilnl 
irc cni|)l(i\'e(). M: 


During ami since the Civil War one hundred 
thousand dollars' worth of looms have been 
made in one year. The company also makes 
a specialty of manufacturing water-wheels. 
In their forge and foundry they make car axles, 
agricultural implements, and stoves, liight 
sets of machiner}', which were the first set 
up in the .State of California for the manu- 
facture of excelsior, were made here. Mr. 
Cole was Trcasui-er and .Superintendent of the 
corporation until 1S83, when, upon his resig- 
nation, his son-in-law, Colonel Henry li 
Ouinby, was elected to succeed him. This 
establishment has done all the castings for the 
B. C. & M. R.R. since the road, of which 
Mr. Cole was one of the projectors, was built. 
The total product from this one line aggre- 
gates from ten thousand dollars to thirty 
thousand dollars ]icr year. The power for this 
vast machinery is furnished mostly by water, 
of which there is tw^o hundred horse-power. 
For only a few months" time in forty years 
has it been found necessary to use steam. 

Mr. Cole was one of the incorporators of 
the Winnipiseogee Steamboat Corporation, for 
which lie, together with the late Captain Will- 
iam Walker, built the '"Lady of the Lake." 
lie is an incorporator of the Lake Village 
.Savings liank, of which he was ten years Pres- 
ident; incorporator and for ten years Director 
of the Laconia National Bank; and incorpo- 
rator, and until recently President, of the 
Wardvvell Needle Company. P"or more than 
half a century Mr. Cole has been immediately 
connected with the growth and prosperity of 
Lakeport and one of the vital factors in its 
flourishing condition. 

On June 17, 1S38, Mr. Cole was united in 

marriage with Miss Mehitalile, daughter nf 
Nathan and Peace (Clifford) Ratchelder, of 
Lakeport. 1^'ive children were born of this 
miion, three dying in infancy; anil two daugh- 
ters — ICllen A. and Octavia — are now living. 
Mrs. Cole died on July 15, 1S93. On her 
father's side she was descended from the cele- 
brated Rev. Stephen Bachiler, the founder of 
Hampton, N.H. ; and on her mother's side she 
was allied witli the olil English family of 
Cliffords, who belonged to the nobility. Gen- 
eral R. N. Ratchelder, Mrs. B. J. Cole's 
lirother, having serveil through the Rebell- 
ion, was appointed a Quartermaster in the 
regular army, and advancing through the sev- 
eral grades became Quartermaster -general. 
He was retired July 27, 1S96, during the ad- 
ministration of President Cleveland, having 
reached the limitation age of sixty-four }'ears. 
LIntil the breaking out of the Civil War 
Mr. Cole had always been a Democrat. Since 
that time he has voted the Republican ticket, 
and has held many positions of trust and honor 
in the public service. In 1849-50 he repre- 
sented Gilford in the .State legislature, and in 
1S66-67 he served on the Governor's Council 
for the Second Councillor District. He was 
a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 
1868 and to the National Republican Conven- 
tion which renominated Abraham Lincoln in 
1S64. He is a member of the Free Baptist 
church and a Trustee of the New Hampton 
Institution, and is always ready to devote time 
and money to the furtherance of works of 
benevolence or projects caculated to promote 
the welfare of the general public. P'or many 
years he was clerk of the church; and together 
with Mr. Davis, his former pastor, he built 
the chajiel, and helped to buikl the first 
churcli in Lakeport, as well as the present 
church, which is more costly, and has a larger 
society than any other in this count)-. 


I'.ORGI': A. SIMPSON, senior nicm- 
her of the firm of Simpson & Towie, 
leral mercliants of Centre Harbor, 
was l)orn in Rumiiey, X.H., Octoljer 25, 1863, 
son of Tiiomas and Adell Graee (Merrill) 
Sim])son. The grandfather, George W. Simp- 
son, was a native of West Rumney. He 
learned the trade of a shoemaker, which he fol- 
lowed in addition to farming, and resided in 
Oxford, N.ll. He was a man of considerable 
local prominence, and servetl as a Selectman 
for two or three years. His wife, in maiden- 
hood Mary Savage, was a native of Oxford. 

Thomas Simpson was born in Oxford, 
March 7, 1835. At the age of sixteen he left 
the homestead, and for several years was em- 
ployed upon a milk farm in the vicinity of 
lioston. He then returned to Oxford, and, 
purchasing a dairy farm, carried it on for some 
time. Selling his property, he removed to 
Rumney, where he bought a farm and a saw- 
mill. After carrying on quite an extensive 
business here for a few years, he sold the mill, 
and worked as foreman for three or four years 
in tlie employment of the purchaser. At the 
enil of that time he sold his farm, and removed 
to Rumnev village. .Some four years later he 
engaged in the tinware business, which he fol- 
lowed successfully for sixteen or seventeen 
years, driving a well-stocked cart, and for 
eight years making his head<|uarters in I'lyni- 
outh, N.H. He finally settled in Centre 
Harbor, and is now engaged in agricultural 
pursuits. His wife, Adell, who is a daughter 
of (ieorge L. i\Ierrill, of Rumney, has had 
three children, two of whom are living, 
namely: George A., the subject of this sketch; 
and Austin G., a resident of Campton, N.H. 
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas .Simpson are members 
of the Baptist church. 

George A. Simpson obtained his education 
in the public schools of Rumne\- and at the 

New Hampton Institute. He commenced his 
business career in Plymouth as a clerk for 
Plummer b'ox, with wdiom lie remained five 
years. He then came to Centre Harbor, where, 
in company with Henry K. French, he started 
a general mercantile business, under the firm 
name of Simpson & I'rench. On May i, 1S94, 
his partner sold his interest to I-'rank L. 
Towle; and the jiresent firm of .Simpson & 
Towle are conducting a thriving trade. ( )n 
December 7, i88fi, Mr. Simiis.m was united 
in marriage with Mabel L. Wyatt, daughter of 
George Wyatt. Mrs. Simpson is the mother 
of four children; namely, Percy G. , Leon W., 
p:arl T., and Marian G. In politics ?^Ir. 
Simpson is a Republican. He served the 
town as Postmaster for four years, and he was 
elected Moderator at town meetings in 1896. 
He is connected with \Vinnepesaukee Trilie, 
Improveil Order of Red Men, in which he is 
Collector of Wampum. 

RKI".MAN A. HUSSl'LV, proprietor of 

the principal bakery in Somersworth, 

N.H., is a native of tliis place, born 

January 23, 1852, son of John and .Mary 

(Locke) Hussey. 

He spent his boyhood and youth in the 
parental home, and obtaineil his elementar)' 
education in tlie comuion schojls of the vil- 
lage. When about nineteen years old he 
began to learn the baker's trade, working in 
the same shop about eight years, or until May, 
1879, when he bought out his employer, and 
has since conducted the business in his own 
name. He has one of the largest and best 
equipped bakeries in Straffortl County, and 
employs four or five men the greater part of 
the time. Having a thorough practical 
knowledge of the business, he is able to super- 
intend it in all its various departments. 


On October 23, iS-S, Mr. 1 Iiissey married 
Miss Cclia A. I".. I'all, of Somcrsworth, a 
(laii.L;Iitcr of Noah I., ami Aniamla (jamcs) 
I'-all. 'riicy have two cliiklren: Lcona Iv, 
horn May 5. 1S80: and lulith A., born July 
17, 1S82. 

Mr. llussey is a stanch Republican, and has 
been quite active in jiolitical matters. In 
18S7 anil iSSS he was a member of the I'oard 
of .Selectmen, and is now serviiiL;' his third 
term as Alderman from Ward Three. He 
belon-s to Libanus Lodye, No. 49, V. & 
A. M. ; St. Paul Commandery, K. T. ; and 
Washington Lodge, No. 4, I. O. O. F. , of 
Somersworth. He is an active member of the 
l-'rcc Baptist church, in which he holds the 
iiosition of church warden. 

KLSON J. CHASI-:, a rising young 
farmer of Meredith, Ikdknap County, 
N.H., was born in this town, De- 
cember 22, 1869, son of William and Melvina 
Chase. His grandfather, John Chase, who 
was born in Meredith, September 22, 1786, 
married Sally Leavitt, born March 2f', 1790, 
and his children were: Luther M., Aaron R., 
William, John W., Stephen L., Wealthy, 
Maria, and Hosca. 

Luther M. Chase was born in Meredith, 
April 26, 181 1. With the exception of two 
or three years spent in Newton, Mass., he has 
always resided upon the homestead, wliich was 
improved by his father. He is an iiulustrious 
and successful farmer. For his first wife he 
married Roxanna Gordon, and by that union 
had two sons — Albert A, Chase, M.D., and 
Noah H. Albert A. was graduated from 
Dartmouth College. He entered the volunteer 
service as Assistant Surgeon of the Twenty- 
eighth Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry, and 
died in the army during the Civil War. He 

was unmarried. Noah H. Chase is residing 
in Meredith. 

William Chase, father of Nelson J., was 
b(n-n and educated in Meredith. He followed 
agricultural pursuits in this town until his 
deatli, which occurred in 1871. He wedded 
Airs. Melvina Smith Taylor, daughter of 
William Smith, of Holderncss, N.H. (An 
account of her parents and ancestry will be 
found in a sketch of Curtis h". Smith, which 
appears upon another jxigc of the Ri:vii:\v.) 
Mrs. Chase, by her union with David Taylor, 
her first husband, had two children: Frank, 
who is no longer living; and Frank S. 15y 
her union with Mr. William Chase she had 
four children, namely: Flora E., who marrieil 
George H. Mooney, of Lakeport, N. H.; Clara 
M., who died in infancy; Abbie M., wife of 
Harry Perks, of Everett, Mass.; and Nelson 
J., the subject of this sketch. Mrs. Melvina 
Chase, after the death of her second husliand, 
married his brother, Luther M. Chase. 

Nelson J. Chase is a young man of untiring 
energy and much natural ability. Heacquircd 
a good practical education in his boyhood, and 
is now carrying on general farming with 
gratifying success. Politically, he acts with 
the Republican party. 

ISRAI'lL HAYES, a veteran shoe manu- 
facturer of I'armington, and one of its 
most venerable a)id honored citizens, 
was born May 9, 1816, in Milton, N.IL, son 
of Ichabod Hayes. The Hayes family was 
one of the earliest to settle in Strafford 
County. Ichabod Hayes, born and reared in 
Madbury, this county, and familiar from boy- 
hood with the pi(meer labor of clearing anil 
improving the land, removed to Miltim, where 
he was engaged as a tiller of the soil for the 
most of his life. In 1830, at the age of three- 


score years, he was accidentally killed on the 
dra\vbri.(lj,'e at Sawyer's Mills in Dover, as the 
result of being thrown out of a wagon by the 
collision of another. Ills first wife, in maid- 
enhood Miss Wentworth, of New Castle, N.H., 
died a few years after their union, leaving 
three children — ICphraim, Sarah, and Lydia. 
He afterward married Miss Sally Canl, and of 
their eight children but two survi\c: Israel, 
the subject of this sketch; and William, who 
resides in Stoneham, Mass. 

Until he was about twenty )-ears old, Israel 
Hayes worked on the farm in the summer sea- 
son, and attended tlie district schools of Mil- 
ton or Alton in the winter. He was afterward 
employed for a short time at the shoemaker's 
trade in Alton, and then went to Natick, 
Mass., for a short stay. In 1840 he estab- 
lished himself in business in Farmington as a 
manufacturer of custom shoes, continuing for 
some years on a rather modest scale. In 
i<S53, encouraged by the success he had met 
with, he erected a factory, and for a year 
manufactured shoes in company with II. B. 
Edgerly. .Since that time he has continued 
the business in company with his son, making 
a specialty of manufacturing brogan shoes of a 
medium grade, and has built up an extensive 
and flourishing trade. At the present time, 
however, only a part of the building is occu- 
lted. In politics he is a firm supporter of the 
principles of the Repuljlican party. He has 
never cared for public office, although he did 
serve for one year as Chairman of the Hoard of 

Mr. Hayes has been twice married. His 
first marriage was contracted with .Sarah Rich- 
ards, of Dover, who ilied soon after, leaving a 
daughter, named Sarah. In 1848 Mr. Hayes 
was married to Miss Ann !•'. Kdgerly, who 
died November 12, 1S89. I'ive children were 
born of this union, foiu' of whom are now liv- 

ing; namely, Edward W., Martha A., P'rank 
C, and Mary K. Martha is the wife of j. V. 
Safford, of this town; "and Mary is the wife of 
E. F. Cummings, of Beachmont, Mass. Mr. 
Hayes and his family attend and sujiport the 
Congregational church, of which he has been 
a Deacon for twenty years. 

the superintendent of the John D. Bates 
estate at Centre Harbor, and an e.\- 
member of the New Hampshire legislature, is 
a native of Prince Edward Island, and was 
born July 19, 1856. He is a son of Alexander 
and Catherine (Gillis) MacDonald, who are 
respectively natives of Scotland and I'l'ince 
Edward Island. The grandfather, John Mac- 
Donald, born in Glasgow, Scotland, learned 
the ship-carpenter's trade in that city. After 
marriage he emigrated to Prince P^dwanl 
Island, where he was for many years engaged 
in building fishing-vessels and in farming. 

Alexander MacDonald, father of the subject 
of tliis sketch, emigrated with his parents 
when he was a boy. At the age of twenty-one 
he received from his father a farm locatetl 
upon the seashore, wliich he has since suc- 
cessfully conducted. He has been quite ac- 
tive in local politics, and is identified with 
the Liberal party. His wife, Catherine, who 
is a daughter of Laughlin Gillis, of Prince 
lulward Island, has had three children, 
namely: John Alexander, the subject of this 
sketch; Joseph, who is now deceased; and 
Mary Ann. Both parents are Roman Cath- 

John Alexander MacDonald resided at home 
until he became of age, receiving his eiluca- 
tion in the i^ublic schools. He then went to 
Boston, and soon after his arrival there ob- 
tained emi)lo\-meiit on the Adams estate in 


Watertowii, Mass., where he remained a year. 
He next worked upon tlie I'hillips estate in 
]?everly, Mass., for a year, and tlien became 
superintendent of the John I). ]?ates estate at 
Centre Harbor. This property, whicli is one 
of the finest rural establishments in New Kng- 
land, contains two hundred acres, has a deer 
]iark, trout pond, and large greenhouses. 
Blooded cattle and sheejj of standard breeds are 
kept, and its stable contains ten fancy horses. 
On March 4, 1S86, Mr. MacDonald married 
Julia liutler, daughter of Andrew Dennison 
I'.utlcr, of Boston. They have three children 
— John Alexander, Jr., Andrew Joseph, and 
Marguerite Loretta. In jiolities Mr. Mac- 
Donald is a Deinocrat, and was a member of 
the legislature in 1895 and 1896, serving upon 
the Committee on County Affairs. He is a 
Past Chancellor of Meredith Lodge, No. 50, 
Knights of I'ythias, and was for three years 
Master of (Garnet Hill Grange, Patrons of 
1 lusbandry. 

(^^MA.SA VV. SHACKFORl), a photog- 
(her, well versed in his art, and one 
)1 the foremost residents of Farni- 
ington, was born in Barnstcad, this State, 
November 18, 1S34. His grandfather, Josiah 
.Shackford, who was born and bred in Ports- 
mouth, removed to Barnstead in the latter part 
of the past century. The father, Seth Shack.- 
ford, spent the seventy-seven years of his life 
in Barnstead. Besides general farming he 
followed the occupations of cattle drover and 
general merchant. His reputation was that of 
a capable business man. A straightforward 
Democrat in politics, he was influential in 
local affairs, served in all the town offices, and 
for a time in the respective capacities of 
County Commissioner and Representative to 
the General Court. His first wife, whose 

maiden name was Harriet Hill, died a few 
years after their marriage, leaving three chil- 
dien. These were: Horatio H., of Barnstead ; W., the subject of this brief sketch; 
and Lydia A., the wife of Charles H. Dow. 
His second wife, Roxa A. (Nute) -Shackford, 
left no children at her death. He subse- 
quently contracted a third marriage with Mrs. 
Pamelia Brown, of Barnstead. 

Amasa W. Shackford received Iiis education 
at Pittsfield and at the New London Literary 
Institute. He went soon after to Concord to 
learn photography, for a while being employed 
in the studio of Benjamin Carr. Having 
acquired a good knowledge of the Iiusiness, he 
purchased and fitted up a jihotographer's cart, 
with which he travelled for about six years. 
In 1 866, or thereabouts, Mr. Shackford oiiened 
a gallery in Farmington, and has since con- 
tinued in his chosen occupation in this town. 
For a score of years he taught school in P'arm- 
ington, Barnstead, Northwood, and (iilmanton, 
including classes in penmanship i?i the public 
schools. In 1884 he built the large block on 
Central Street in which his studio has since 
been located, his large and constantly increas- 
ing patronage having demanded more commo- 
dious (|uarters. An artist of wide experience, 
and doing work that compares favorably with 
that of the leading photographers of the 
county, he has a large and constantly increas- 
ing patronage. He is now assisted by his 
son, to whom he has relegated the larger part 
of the responsible work of the establishment. 
In iiolitics he acts with the Democratic party. 
He served his fellow-townsmen in the cqiacity 
of Town Clerk for five years and that of mem- 
ber of the School lioard for three years. He 
was made a Mason in Fraternal Loilge; is a 
member of Woodbine Lodge, I. O. ( ). I'. ; and 
belongs to the Henry Wilson Colony of Pil- 
grim I<"athers of {•"armiuirton. 


Mr. Shackfcml married Miss Clara A. 
Loii.i,a'c, (if IVirnstead, a daui^hter of Simeon 
and Mary ( Tihbetts) Lougee. Mr. and Mrs. 
SIiacl<ford have but one child, John S., who 
has largely succeeded to the business of his 
father. John S. Shackford completed the 
course of study at the Farmington High 
School, and was subsequently graduated from 
the Scientific and Literary Institute at New 
Hampton, N.H. He is a man of good mental 
attainments, is gifted by nature with artistic 
ability, and he has inherited his father's skill 
in ]K-nmanship. Mr. Amasa \V. Shackford 
and his family are regular attendants of the 
Free Will Baptist church, and contribute their 
full share toward its maintenance. 

•ORGF L. HALL, a farmer of Barn- 
l^Y stead, N. II., was born March 7, 1845. 
His parents were George and Sally 
(Drew) Hall. His paternal grandfather, Sol- 
omon Hall, and his grandfather's brother, 
Joseph Hall, were early settlers in Barnstead, 
coming here from Strafford. They bought a 
tract of land, and are said to have cleared most 
of it before building, the greater part of it 
being wood land. Solomon Hall married 
Lydia Scruton, of Strafford, who was born Oc- 
tober 12, 1 77 1, and died August 17, 1845. 
He died October 24, 1S52, at the age of 
eighty-four years. They hail twelve children, 
as follows: l<:phraim; Josejih : Mary; Deb- 
orah: Lydia; Daniel; Solomon, Jr.; Will- 
iam; George, father of the subject of this 
sketch; Hannah: Stacy; and Alfred. Of 
these children, Daniel and Solomon, Jr., died 
respectively April i and 3, 1819. 

George, the si.xth son, as above named, lived 
at home with Iiis ])arcnts, and was given the 
farm. He married Sally Drew, daughter of 
John Di'cw, whose father was one of the first 

settlers near Crescent Lake in Alton, N.H. 
George Hall was a Deacon of the Imcc Will 
Baptist church for a number of )ears. He 
lived to the age of seventy-four, and his wife 
was seventy -seven years old at the time of her 
death. They had three children, namely: 
George L., subject of this sketch; Lydia 
Charlotte; and John Frank. Lydia Charlotte 
married Samuel Chapman, of l-Iast Dennis, 
ALass. John I'rank has been a successful 
grocer in Farmington, N.IL, for the past 
twenty years. He has held many local ofifices 
of trust, has represented his town in the 
Lower House of the State legislature, and also 
has served as a member of the Senate. A 
sketch of him appears elsewhere in this 

George L. Hall, the elder of the two 
brothers, having acquired his education in 
district and private schools of the town, en- 
gaged in general farming, and at the deatli of 
his father inherited the homestead. Since 
that time he has been very prosperous, and has 
added considerable to the improvements of the 
farm, replacing the old buildings by new 
and commodious ones. He is very popular, 
and has been Selectman of the town for four 
years, in politics always voting with the 

On May 13, 18S3, he married Mary 1-:. 
Holme-s, daughter of John F. Holmes, a prom- 
inent citizen of Barnstead. For four years 
before her marriage Mrs. Hall taught school 
in different places, having fitted herself for 
the work by attending I'ittsfield Academy sev- 
eral terms. She has been a member of the 
Free Will ]?aptist church for twenty years. 
Mr. and Mrs. Hall have two children — 
George F. and Mildred F. Mr. Hall is a 
conscientious, faithful citizen, active in all 
the interests of the town, ami is one who has 
the confidence of the coinmunitv. 



§AMI-:S FRANK SKAVKV. one of the 
repi'L-sentatis'c men of Strafford County, 
New Hampshire, orcupies a position of 
prominence in the financial, political, and 
social circles of iJover, of which he is a resi- 
dent, and is likewise connected with many of 
the leading enterprises of neifjhboring towns 
and cities. He was born August 14, 183S, in 
Rochester, this county, a son of Samuel V. 
Seavey, and a grandson of Samuel Sea\'ey, otie 
of the Rochester farmers who served in the 
War of 18 I 2. His grandfather Ham was also 
a soldier in that war. 

Samuel F. Seavey was born in Rochester, 
where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits 
during his years of activity. He was quite 
successful in his labors; and before his death, 
which occurred when he was seventy-two years 
of age, lie had accumulated a considerable 
l")ro]ierty. In jiolitics he was a stanch Demo- 
crat, and took an active part in local affairs. 
In his daily walk in life he was guided by the 
Christian principles, and both he and his wife 
were valued members of the h'ree Baptist 
church. He married Eliza K. Ham, who was 
like himself a lifelong resident of Rochester, 
N. 11. She survived him some time, passing 
away at the good old age of seventy-nine 
years. They reared a family of seven chil- 
dren, as follows: James I'^rank, the special 
subject of this biography; Mary J. ; Elizabeth 
A.; Albert F., a sketch of whose life will be 
found on another page of this volume;. Joseph 
\V. ; Charles, who died in infancy; and 
Charles H., residing in Rochester, who is 
connected with his brothers, James F. and 
Albert F. , in the lumbering business, their 
plant being located in Dover. 

James Frank Seavey spent his early years 
on the home farm, attending first the public 
scliools and afterward the private school of 
Miss Caroline Knight, of Rochester, complet- 

ing his education at the Franklin Academy of 
Dover. At the age of nineteen years he left 
the parental roof to enter upon a business 
career, spending the next eight years as a clerk 
in a dry-goods and grocery store in this city. 
Having become familiar with the details of 
the business in which he had been so long 
em|,loyed, Mr. Seavey, f,,rming a partnership 
with liis brother, Albert F., un.ler the firm 
name of J. Frank Seavey & Co., established 
a clothing house, which is now managed by 
the junior [lartner. Capable of multitudinous 
cares, he has found time, either as personal 
director or projector, to enter into various 
other enterprises of a financial nature, being 
om? of the Directors of the K. H. Rollins & 
Sons' corporation; a member of the well- 
known firm of Charles H. Seavey & Co., man- 
ufacturing lumber dealers ; a Director of the 
B. h". Haley Company, wholesale clothing 
house, of New Market, N.H. : a member of 
the Dover Navigation Company; a Director of 
the Dover Improvement Association; Presi- 
dent and Director of the Dover Co-operative 
Savings Fund and Loan Association; and pro- 
prietor of a large livery and hack stable. 

In [lublic affairs Mr. Seavey has been very 
active, having served with credit to himself 
and honor to his constituents in various im- 
portant offices. In 1867 he was elected a 
member of the Common Council of Dover, in 
which he served two years; for two years he 
was Selectman of his ward; for the same 
length of time Ward Clerk; from 1869 until 
1872 County Treasurer of Strafford Count)'; 
in 1878 and for three years thereafter a mem- 
ber of the legislature; and in 1881 was chosen 
as a member of the New Hampshire .Senate, 
in 1883 being honored with a re-election, a 
distinction as rare as it was merited. In 
secret society circles Mr. Seavey is likewise 
prominent. He has taken a high rank in 


Masiinry, Ik-Iiil;' a Kni,i;lit Teinplar: in the 
Kiii-lits (if I'ytliias lie was Grand Chancellor 
in 1S76, and in 1878 and 1S79 was Supreme 
Rt']iresentative; he has passed all of the chairs 
of Wechnhanict Lodge, I. O. O. V.. of Dover; 
an<l he also belongs to the encampment. 

Mr, James Frank Seavey married April 20, 
1863, Miss Sarah F., daughter of Daniel K. 
and Hannah (Ham) Webster, of Dover. They 
have two children, namely: Grace W., the 
wife of Montgomery Rollins, of Boston; and 
Walter H., who married Mabel Foster, and is 
as.sociated witli ]-:. II. Rollins & Sons in the 
banking business in Toledo, Ohio. Mrs. 
Seavey is a member of the Methodist Episco- 
pal church, of which Mr. Seavey is a regular 
attendant, and toward the sujiport of which he 
is a generous contributor. 

jDW.ARD !•:. I':VANS. a leading farmer 
)f Rochester, was born August 13, 
i^V), in the house he now occupies, 
and in which his father, William Fvans, was 
iKirn in 1709. He belongs to the fourth gen- 
eration of the ICvans family. His great- 
grandfather, Benjamin lu'ans, who came here 
from Madbury in Colonial days, purchased the 
land while it was yet in a wild state, and 
there cleared and improved a farm. This 
property he afterward left to his son, Hanson 
Kvans, the ne.\t in line of tlescent. 

William F\ans spent his life on the home- 
stead, and was one of the foremost farmers of 
his time. Having been a well-read man, of 
broad \-icws antl good judgment, he took a 
leading part in affairs. He supported the Re 
publican party, and for two terms was a Rep- 
resentative to the General Court. His death 
occurred on the home farm in 1877, when he 
was seventy-eight years old. His wife, whose 
maiden name w:is Hannah Shannon, bore him 

ten children, si.x of whom are living. These 
are: Thomas, of Rocliester; lulward h",., the 
subject of this article; Charles W. , of New 
Durham; John J., who resides in Rochester; 
I\Iary F., the wife of Daniel Hussey, of this 
town; and Susan M., the widow of John 
Brock, late of Rochester. 

lulward E. Evans completed his e(kication 
at the high school of Sandwicii Centre. He 
afterward assisted his father on the farm, ac- 
(|uiring thereby a practical knowledge of agri- 
culture. He subsec|uently secured a position 
in Wallace's shoe factory at Rochester, where 
he remained three years. In 1871 he returned 
to the old homestead, which has since been 
under his management. It is located on the 
.Strafford road, about three and a half miles 
from Rochester, and contains si.xty acres of 
land, affording excellent pasture for his cattle, 
and well adapted for raising crops. He has 
been very successful in raising small grain. 
In 1893 he sent an exhibit of oats, wheat, and 
rye to the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 
where he took first prize for oats and rye. In 
politics he is a stanch Republican. He has 
persistently refused nomination for the legis- 
lature, ]iublic life having no attractions for 
him. He did, however, serve as Selectman in 
18S5, 18S9, and 1891, and is at present filling 
a term of three years as Selectman of Ward 
Three. He is a member of the Crown Point 
Grange of Strafford, and he and his family 
attend the Crown Point Baptist Church of that 

Mr. Evans's first wife, in maidenhood Abby 
Vickery, of Rochester, dieil in 1S72. She 
left one child, George E., who, after graduat- 
ing from the Rochester High School, received 
a medical education at the New York Honia'o- 
]iathic College, and is now a physician in 
Branford, Conn. 

On December 28, 1S76, he married Miss 


Jennie Clark, also of Rochester, and they have 
two sons, namely: Jose[)li 11., born April ii, 
187S, who graduated troni the Rochester High 
School in June, 1897; and ]•:. Roscoe, born 
December 30, 1880, now attending the high 

/^jT(JRGK H. .\NnJOSl-:i'H S. CLARK, 
V |^5T who, under the firm name of George 
H. Clark & Co., carry on a large 
lumber business in Meredith, are the sons of 
Jonathan and Elsie (Sturtevant) Morse Clark. 
Jonathan Clark, a native of Beverly, Mass., 
having learned the carpenter's trade, moved 
in 1824 to Centre Harbor, N.H., and engageil 
in business uikhi his own account. In 1834 
he removed to Moultonboro, N.H., where he 
followed his trade as a master builder for the 
rest of his life, and died in April, 1S68. In 
politics he was originally a Whig and later a 
Republican. He married Mrs. Elsie (Sturte- 
vant) Morse, daughter of Joseph Sturtevant, of 
Centre Harbor. .She became the mother of 
four children, namely: I':iizabeth, who marrie<l 
Reuben Clough, of Warner, N.H.; ICmeline 
A., now the wife of Samuel Lull, of the same 
tciwn; and George H. and Joseph S. , the sub- 
jects of this sketch. She died in 1847. 15oth 
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Clark were members of 
the Congregational church. 

George H. Clark, who was born in Centre 
Harbor, February 13, 1833, acquired a dis- 
trict-school education, and then learned the 
carpenter's trade with his father. He was 
afterward employed for five ye;irs in a [)iano 
factory. At the end of that period he and his 
biother engaged in the manufacture nf hmiljcr 
in Meredith. In politics he is a Republican. 
He belongs to Chocorua Lodge of Masons and 
to the Masonic Chapter in Laconia. In i860 
George H. Clark was united in marriage with 
Mary A. Til ton, daughter of Joseph Tilton, of 

Meredith Centre, 
tional church. 

Joseph S. Clark was 1 
August 30, 183S. Afte 
ies in the district school 
ticeship witli his fathe 
lowed the carpente 

He attends th 

1 Muulton 

leting his 

rved an ap 

er, and afterward 

trade for a time. 

the age of twenty he became 
firm of George H. Clark vS; C' 
extensive manufacturers anc 
kinds of lumber, and 
reaches large figures. 
Clark married Fdiza J 
Washington Wiggin, 
Clark is now the moth 

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ORRISON BhLNNETT, a farmer by 
jccujxition, is an influential citi- 
zen of Alton, Belknap County, 
N. H. A son of Benjamin, Jr., and Lydia 
(Morrison) Bennett, he was born June 7, 1822, 
in the house he now occupies, a sidjstantial 
frame dwelling l)uilt by his paternal grand- 
father in I 774. 

Benj:imin Bennett, Sr. , was one of the ear- 
liest settlers of Alton, coming here from Dur- 
ham. He had previously worked out for a few 
years in New Durham. In Alton he pur- 
chased a one-luindred-and-fifty-acre tract of 
wild land, on which he felled the first trees. 
The Bennett house is probably the first frame 
dwelling built in Alton, and in the early days 
town meetings were fre(|uently held here. 
Granilfather Bennett li\ed to be eighty-two 
years of age, and was twice married. His fust 
wife, from whom he was soon called to part by 
death, was Betsey March, daughter of .Squire 
Paul March, a well-to-do farmer; and his sec- 
ond was Mrs. I^lizabeth Gage Bell, daughter 
of Captain Gage, of Dover, N.H. By the first 


imicin there was a d; 
rioci Samuel Willcy, 

lllC SCComl, tlKTC V 

liter, Betsey, who mar- 
New Durham ; and by 
j two sons and three 

dau<;'hters, namely: Sarah, who marrietl Jona- 
than lUi/,/.ell: Nancy, who married Squire 
Havid Willey; Hannah, who married John 
Runnals; Gage, who went away when quite 
young, and was unheard from; and Benjamin, 
jr. Their mother was first married to Colonel 
iM-ederick Bell, of Great Island, N.H., who 
was killed in the Revolutionary War. 

Benjamin Bennett, Jr., passed his life on 
the h<imestead, dying here September 7, 1870, 
aged seventy-nine years. His wife, Lydia, 
survives him. She is a daughter of David 
Morrison, who fought in the Revolution under 
General John Stark, going into the war when 
eighteen years old, and serving three years. 
David Morrison, born in 1763, was of the 
third generation in descent from Samuel Mor- 
rison, one of the early settlers of Londonderry, 
N.H. Benjamin and Lydia (Morrison) Ben- 
nett had si.x children — Morrison, Albert, 
John, I-lveline, David, and a child that died in 
infancy. David Bennett died when two and 
one-half years old; Albert, now deceased, re- 
sided in Wolfboro; John, who emigrated to 
New York State, and served in the Civil War, 
in the Seventh Independent New York Bat- 
tery, died in 1866; Lveline married Jeremiah 
York, of Dover, N.H. 

Morrison Bennett in his youth attended pri- 
vate schools and Strafford Acaileniy a few 
terms; and then he taught seventeen terms of 
school winters, and did farm work summers. 
I'inally he took up farming exclusively, and 
ujion his father's death purchased the home- 
stead, which he still owns. Besides attending 
to his personal affairs, Mr. Bennett has for 
twenty years served as a Selectman of Alton, 
has been Town Treasurer, and for two years he 
represented Alton in the State legislature, 

being for many years past one of the leading 
[loliticians of the town. 

Mr. Bennett was married on July 17, 1852, 
to Miss Christiana K. Berry, of Strafford, one 
of his pupils. They have had nine children: 
namely, Ina B., AbbieJ., Hezeki.di IL, John 
M., Charles A., Nettie I-:., Fred S., Lillian 
C, and Ira B. Ahbie and Nettie died in 
childhood; Ina B. is the wife of Frank K. 
Mooney: Ira B. married Lulu V. Flint, and 
has one child that is the fifth generation of 
the family to reside on this place, and the 
fourth now living here, as the mother of Mr. 
Morrison Bennett makes her home with him. 

Mrs. Lydia Morrison Bennett is the oldest 
person residing in Alton, being ninety-seven 
years of age. Despite her years, she is re- 
markably well preserved, with memory and 
other faculties clear, but somewhat troubled 
with rheumatism and a slight deafness. The 
following interesting notice of her appeared 
in the Boston GM'c; July 18, 1896: — 

"Mrs. Bennett has fifteen grandchildren, 
ten great-grandchildren, antl two great -great- 
grandchildren living. The house in which 
she now lives was built in 1774 by her hus- 
band's father; and in its front room to-ilay 
stands an old-fashioned tall clock which her 
husband bought at an auction before their mar- 
riage, and which has ticked steadily in this 
same house through all the vicissitudes of the 
family for seventy-four years. This clock is 
known to be one hundred and fifty years old. 
It still keeps the best of time, and its owner is 
very proud of it. 

"One remarkable thing about 'Mm. Bennett 
is the fact that she was the daughter of a sol- 
dier, the wife of a soldier, and the mother of a 
soldier. Her father served in the Continental 
army in the Rexolutionary War seven years; 
her husband served in the War of 18 12, liy 
reason of which she is now a pensioner; and a 


sdii, John, served in tlie Rebellicin, dying soon 
after his retnrn home from the effects of disa- 
bilities contracted in tlie service. 

"Mrs. liennett was born less than four years 
alter the incorporation of the town of Alton, 
the centennial anniversary of which was cele- 
brated June i6, 1896; and her stories of the 
early days of the town are very interesting. 
During her married life she has spun wool and 
linen, and she wove all the cloth necessary for 
use in her family for clothing and all other 
purposes. Travelling was all on horseback in 
her early days; and she used frecpiently to 
take a bridle in her hand, and go to the past- 
ure and catch the horse and start away. In 
speaking of the difference of the amount of 
labor performed by the women of to-day and 
those of her time, she remarked with disdain 
that the women nowadays, who only had their 
housework to do, wanted a maid to do that for 

"Mrs. Bennett knits, sews, and reads, with- 
out the aid of spectacles; and when the corre- 
spondent visited her she was engaged in taking 
up stitches preparatory to knitting a stocking. 
A year ago she finished a quilt of patchwork 
containing one thousand antl seventy-one 
]iieccs; and last winter she knit a pair of 
double mittens, in what is known as the fo.x 
and geese pattern, and all without the aitl of 
spectacles. She tells with pride that she 
knit each of her boys a [jair of mittens when 
they left home, remarking that the last pair 
was for her grandson. Her hearing is some- 
what impaireil: but her memory is remarkable, 
and her miiid wonderfully clear and strong." 

^R\TN IIl'NRY SMITH, Commandant 

.f the Soldiers' Home, Tilton, and 

veteran of the Civil War, was 

I^angdon. N.H., February 2, 1S40, 

son of Orin anil Merinda (Partridge) Smith. 
His great-grandfather, ICbenezer Smith, who 
was a native of Massachu.setts, served as a 
.soldier in the Revolutionary War, and after- 
ward settled in Langdon, Sullivan County. 
K/j-a Smith, the giandfather, who was liorn in 
Winchendon, Mass., September 13, ij/.S, ac- 
companied his parents to Langdon when he 
was ten years old, and was reared a farmer. 
He followed agricultural [nirsuits during the 
active period of his life, ami died in Langdon. 
His wife, whose maiden name was Hannah 
Henry, reared four children : namely, Nancy, 
Alden, Orin, and P'ranklin. Alden and Orin 
were twins. 

Orin Smith, liorn in Langdon in 180.S, re- 
sided at home until his marriage, after which 
he engaged in farming upon his own account. 
In 1 86 1 he sold his property in Langdon, and 
bought a farm in Peterlioro, N.H., where he 
resided until his death, which occurred in 
18S4. His wife, Merinda, was a daughter of 
Samuel Partridge, of Alstead, N.II. Of her 
grandfather, Samuel Partridge (first), a brave 
Revolutionary patriot, who died in the service, 
it is related that he insisted upon doing duty 
in the Continental army, although unable to 
stand. Herfather, Samuel Partridge (second),, 
who was a native of Boston, settled in Alstead, 
where he became a prosperous farmer, and was 
an active member of the Congregational 
church. She and her husband were the 
parents of seven children -- Lzra M., ]<:rvin 
II., Harriet M., Albert O., Silas M., Kmma 
R., and Alden IC. Harriet M. married A. 15. 
Tarbell, of Peterboro, and is no longer living. 
The mother died January 17, 1889. She was 
a member of the Congregational church. 

Ervin Henry Smith began his education in 
the public schools of Langdon, and completed 
his studies at the Union Academy in Alstead. 
y\t the age of nineteen he went to Peterboro, 


ami was a clerk in a store until 1864. He 
then enlisted in Conipany C. iMrst New 
llani|ishire Cavalry, which was attached to the 
Second 15ii-ade, Third Division, Cavalry 
Corps, under the command of General Sheri- 
dan. He participated in Wilson's ten days' 
raitl in June, i<S64, was present at the battle 
of Winchester, and remained with the army 
through the Shenandoah \'alley campaign, 
until the engagement on the back road, No- 
vember [2, 1S64, where he was taken [)risoner. 
He was first confined in Richmond, and later 
at Salisbury. He suffered much in the latter 
place, where a hole in the ground was his only 
shelter, and the supply of food was scanty and 
of the [loorest quality. The prisoners were 
divided into squads of one hundred men each, 
lietween December 6 and I'"cbruary 22, si.xty- 
one of Mr. Smith's squad tlied from hunger 
and exposure. The prisoners here were offered 
a chance to enlist in the Confederate army, 
with the assurance that they would not be 
ordered into the field. Mr. Smith was paroled 
on February 22, 18G5, and was mustered out of 
service as a Sergeant on June 15 of that year. 
Returning to I'eterboro, he was engaged in 
mercantile business there until 1872, wdien he 
moved to Springfield, Mass., and was in the 
hardware trade there for seven years. After 
this he was again in trade in I'eterboro for a 
time; but on account of failing health he sold 
his business, and then engaged quite e.xtcn- 
sively in truck farming. When the Soldiers' 
Home was opened in Tilton, December 3, 
1890, he was appointed Commandant by the 
Board of Managers. The home now furnishes 
an abiding-place for nearly one hundred 

On December 18, 1867, Mr. Smith was 
united in marriage with Clara L. Gray, dtiugh- 
ter of William C. Gray, of Peterbom. He has 
one (laughter, Clara .M. In politics Mr. Smith 

is a Rei)ublican. He cast his first I're 
tial vote at Cedar Creek, \'a., for Ab 
Linccdn. While residing in i'etcrho 
served as Tax Collector for a nundjer of 
was Town Treasurer for seven years, a 
resigned from the Board of Selectmen 
his removal. He is a member of I'eti 
Lodge, No. 15, I. O. O. V.; and a Past 
mander of A. F. Stevens Post, N 
G. A. R., of I'eterboro, N.H. 

nd he 


o. 6, 

UDDKY L. ST(3KFS, i\I.D., a suc- 
cessful and jjopular physician of 
Rochester, Strafford Comity, was 
born in Freedom, N.H., July 26, 1866, son of 
Stephen A. and Esther A. (Mills) Stokes. 
FHs father, a native of Eaton, N.H., was the 
well-to-do proprietor of a carriage and carpen- 
ter shoj). 

The subject of this sketch lived at home 
with his parents until about fifteen years of 
age, receiving his education in the common 
schools. He then went to New Hampton, 
where he attentled the Literary Listitute. 
Later he studied medicine with Drs. Merrow 
and Lougee, of Freedom, N.H., lor about a 
year. In the summer of 1886 he entered 
Dartmouth College, from which he was gradu- 
ated in November, 1888, then going to the 
Long Island College Hospital at Brooklyn, 
N. Y. , where he took a four months' post-grad- 
uate course. In May, 1889, he went to Goffs- 
town, N.H., where he was engaged in practice 
for two years, subsequently coming from that 
place to Rochester. Here he has acc|uired a 
good practice, anil is numl)ered among the 
leading physicians of the town. 

On October 11, 1S89, Dr. Stokes was unitctl 
in marriage with Miss Sarah F. Tyler, of 
P'reedom, N.H. Two sons are the fruit of 
their union — Leroy T. and Samuel. I'oliti- 


call}', Dr. Stokes is a Democrat, but on ac- 

Jacob D., living in Madbury, who was Judge 

count of his professional duties has not ile- 

of the I'robate Court in Strafford County for 

voted niiieh time to political matters. lie 

seventeen years, and inore recently a member 

was Comity I'lissician, howevei", from Decem- 

of tlie Governor's Council; Aaron, who resides 

ber, 1891, to December, 1892; was City I'liy- 

in I'ortsmoutli, and is Special Agent for the 

sician a year; and served a short time on the 

Lhiited States Treasm-y Department in Boston, 

l')oard of Health, from which he subsequently 

Mass. ; Andrew H., Aaron's twin brother, who 

resi^^ned. lie is a member of Humane Lod-e, 

was Collector of United States Internal Reve- 

No. J, 1< . & A. M. ; Temple Chapter, R. A. M. : 

nue for thirteen years, later (Juartermaster, 

and Palestine Commandery, K. T. 

United States Army, and died December 10, 

1890; and George William, the subject of this 

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/ ^ l-CJRCl-: WILLIAM YOUNG, a suc- 

Ge(.)rge William Young received his educa- 

VJ^r cessful farmer (if Rochester, was born 

tion in the district schools of i?arrington. At 

in the town of Harrington, N.IL, 

the age of si.xteen years he entered the news- 

July 24, i,S30, son of Aaron and Lydia 

liaper office of the Dover liiiquinr as an ap- 

(Daniels) Vouu.l,'. The family is of Scotch- 

prentice to learn the printing trade. Upon 

insU ilescent. James Young emigratetl to 
this country from Scotland, settled in I'hila- 
ilclphia, and married Margaret Sloan. Their 
son William, the grandfather of George W. , 
settled in the town of Larrington, N.IL, and 
married Charity Howe. 

Aaron Young, who was born in r.ariington, 
received his education in the district schools 
of his native town. Soon after his marriage 
he purchased a large Luni in Harrington, ami 
spent the remainder of his life in its cultiva- 
tion and improvement. In politics he was a 
Whig, and he was well known throughout all 
that section of country. He represented the 
town of Harrington in the New Hampshire 
legislature, served on its Hoard of Select- 
men and in other public offices. In re- 
ligion he affiliated with the Congregation- 
alists. His death occurretl in 1854. He 
married Lydia Daniels, daughter of Clement 
Daniels, of liarrington, and had a family of 
si.x children. These were; Esther, who mar- 
ried John I-:. Huzzell, of Durham, and is now a 
widow; Sophia A., now deceased, who married 
George S. Hanson, of Somersworth ; the Hon. 

the expiration of his term of service, bein"- 
then twenty years old, he bought out a job 
printing establishment in Dover, and subse- 
quently carried it on for some three years, 
when he sold out the business. In 1857 he 
became the agent of the New England Protec- 
tive Union Store at Bow Lake, Strafford, and 
remained in that position for about two years. 
He then engaged in the grocery business on 
his own account in Dover, and continued in 
the same until March, 1863. During this 
period he was chosen to represent his waril on 
the Board of Selectmen, and afterward in the 
Common Council. He also served as clerk of 
his ward for two years. In 1S63 he went into 
the Quartermaster's department of the United 
States Army, and remained in the service of 
the government until the close of the Civil 
War. Ik'ginning on December i, 1865, he 
was chief clerk and cashier of the iMeedmen's 
Bureau in the State of Virginia until May i, 
1869. He then entered the service of the 
military government of Virginia, and had the 
oversight and charge of the offices of the Clerk 
of the Senate, Clerk of the House, and the 


Adjutant-gencrars Department: and he was 
the Superintendent ot I'liblic I'rintiny. Sub- 
sequently lie was ai)p<)inted Deputy Collector 
of Internal Revenue tor Virginia, which office 
he held for nearly sixteen years, with his 
headijuarters at Clarksville, Va. During his 
residence in Virginia he was elected by the 
Republicans for nine successive years to rep- 
resent Mecklenburg County in the Virginia 
legislature, where he served on most of the 

At one time he received from his party a 
complimentary nomination for Speaker of the 
House. Throughout the whole period of his 
residence in Mecklenburg County he was the 
United States Commissioner there. In the 
year 1885 he returned once more to his native 
State. After residing for about two years in 
Dover, he came to Rochester, and purchased 
his present farm of some twenty-five acres, 
where he has continued to live ever since. 
Since his arrival he has served the city as the 
Moderator of his ward. An interesting sou- 
venir of the war, preserved by Mr. Young, and 
used by him for several years in Virginia, is a 
fine mahogany desk, which came from the 
house occupied by Jefferson Davis all through 
his presidency of the Southern Confederacy. 

Mr. Young married Cynthia E. Moody, 
daughter of Nathaniel and Urania (Hobbs) 
Moody, of Ossipee, N.H. His six children 
are: Ella C, who married Herman E. Can- 
ney, of Dover: Georg.; W., Jr., who resides 
in Brookfield, Mass. ; Aaron Clarence, of 
Rochester: Emma L. , married to George H. 
Clark, of Dover; Charles Sumner, who resides 
in St. Eouis, Mo. ; and Albert S., living in 
Rochester. In politics he is a Republican, 
in religious belief a Congregationalist. He is 
well content to pass the residue of his days 
among his kinsfolk and early friends, by whom 
he is held in the highest regard. 

conducts a flourishing livery business 
in Tilton, was born in Springfield, 
N.H., March 29, 1839, son of Daniel anil 
Sarah (Russell) Lovering. His grandfather, 
Daniel Lovering (first), a native of Raymond, 
N.H., was one of the early settlers in Spring- 
field, and became a prosperous farmer of that 
town. Daniel Lovering (second), father of 
Jonathan L., was born in Springfield in 1S06. 
He was reared upon the homestead farm, 
which he inherited; and the active period of 
his life was devoted to tilling the soil and 
raising cattle and sheep. In politics he was 
a Democrat. His wife, Sarah, who was a 
daughter of Jonathan Russell, of Springfield, 
became the mother of nine children ; namely, 
Moses H., Sarah P., Levi R., Susan R., 
Rosina R., Jonathan L., Lydia J., Augusta 
M., and Amos E. Of these Moses IL, Levi 
R., Susan R., Rosina R., Lydia J., and Au- 
gusta M. are no longer living. Sarah P. mar- 
ried Benjamin P. Cross, of Wilmut, N.H.; 
and i\mos ]■',. married Adella Gage, of Pena- 
cook, N.H. The father died in Springfield, 
N.H., December 22, 1851, aged fmty-five: 
and his wife died in New London, N.H., July 
25, 1 868, aged si.\ty-one years. Both were 
members of the Universal ist church. 

When his father died Jonathan Luke Lover- 
ing, then but twelve years old, took entire 
charge of the farm, and thereafter conducted it 
for four years. In that period his brothers 
Levi R. and Moses H. died, the former on May 
10, 1853, and the latter on the 14th of the same 
month. At the age of sixteen he moved with 
his mother, who married again, to New Lon- 
don, N.H. He acquired a district -school edu- 
cation, and resided at home until he was about 
eighteen. He then began to work as a farm 
assistant; and some four years later he bought 
of General Luther McCutchins a farm in New 


London. After this he was engaged in gen- 
eral farnung and butchering, anil he ran a 
meat cart for six years. Later he bought and 
lan the stage and mail routes between New 
London and Totter I'lace, and that from New 
London to Hradford for three years. In 1873 
he soli! his farm and stage lines, and, coming 
to Tilton, purchased the stage and mail route, 
together with the livery business connected 
with the hotel, which was then known as the 
Dexter House. He ran the stage line from 
Tiltdu to h'ranklin until 1S95, when it was 
discontinued, owing to the building of the 
railroad from Tilton to l-'ranklin. In 18S0 he 
bought the Dexter House, rebuilt it in 18SC; 
and now, bearing the name of the Lovering 
Hotel, it is one of the finest public houses in 
this section. He still owns the property, and 
continues to carry on the livery stable con- 
nected with it. In politics he supports the 
Democratic party, antl was elected to the New 
Hampshire House of Representatives in 1S92. 
On I'ebruary 11, 1862, Mr. Lovering was 
united in marriage with Roxanna I<:. Todd, of 
New London, daughter of James and Mary 
(Dodge) Todd. Of his four children two are 
living, namely: Fred II., who was born Octo- 
ber 18, 18G5; and Wenona D., born July 10, 
i88j. b'red H., now an architect in Buffalo, 
N.Y., married Charlotte Calef, of Lowell, 
Mass., and has one son, Maitlantl C, born 
December 1, 1S94. Mr. Lovering is con- 
nected with the Knights of Honor. Mrs. 
Lovering is a member of the Methodist p:pis- 
copal church. 

ARK H. MATHE.S, a well-to-do 
armer and jn-ominent town officer 
of Durham, Strafford County, was 
born here, October 2, 1840, son of Jacob and 
Mehitable J. (Willey) Mathes. Ten genera- 
tions of this family have been born at the 

ancestral mansion. Lrancis Mathes, the ear- 
liest jjrogenitor and original grant-owner, 
came here from I-aigland in 1640. The 
grandfather and great-grandfather of Mark II. 
were both named Valentine. 

Jacob Mathes was a stone cutter, and fol- 
lowed his trade for many years in r)uincy, 
Mass. Returning to the oUl homestead in 
Durham in 1848, he continued at stone work 
and contracting until 1872. In politics he 
affiliated with the Republican party. Offi- 
cially, he served acceptably as Chairman of the 
Board of Selectmen, Collector and Representa- 
tive to the legislature. His wife bore him five 
children; namely, Sarah E., Mark II., Carrie 
A., Hannah A,, and Emma K. Sarah li. 
married William R. Coffin; Carrie A. married 
Ambrose C. Hill; Hannah became the wife of 
George Shrives; and Emma E. is deceased. 
The father died in 1872, at the age of fifty-six 
years; and his wife, who lived to be sixty- 
seven, died in 1884. 

Mark H. Mathes removed with his parents 
to the ancestral abode when he was seven 
years of age. His district -school education 
was supplemented by a course of study at 
Colby Academy in New London, N.H. When 
his father died he returned home, where he 
has since managed the farm. Since first exer- 
cising the elective franchise, he has affiliated 
with the Republican party, and like his hon- 
ored father he has attained official distinction. 
He served as Selectman for three years, being 
Chairman of the Board in the last year; was a 
member of the State legislature in 1885; was 
Tax Collector in 1S93, 1894, 1895, ^.m] 1896; 
aiul was Road Commissioner in 1895 and 
I S96. 

Mr. Mathes has been twice married. By 
the first union, contracted in 1875 with lunma 
Clark, there was one child, Jacob, who died in 
1890. The maiden name of his second wife 


was Zella 

Stevens. They were ni; 


I in 



jirivate tuition b 

\- his father. 


1S78, aiul 

now have twoehihhen- 




age ol 

seventeen lie tool 

uji the sti 

dv of 

!•:. 1'. an 

1 Allien 11. iM-aterna 





the lion. Charles 

•". Sione, an 

1 was 

Mathes is 

identified with Swamsent 





or examination lo 

• the far in 

I. (). U. v., ot New Market, N.ll.: and with 
Seanimel Gran-e. Mrs. Mathes is a highly 
respeeteil member of the Durham Congrega- 
tional chureh. 

'ON. ST]':riih:N shannon jiav- 

]{TT. — "Of the young men of New 

i^ ^_ , IIam[)shire who have made their 

mark within the past few years, no one has 
advanced to the front with such rapidity and 
certainty as Stephen S. Jewett, of Laconia. 
His success has not been owing to any fortui- 
tous circumstances, nor to any special advan- 
tages of birth, education, or wealth, but wholly 
to his merits as a man of superior ability, of 
great courage, and of unsurpassed fixity of pur- 
]iose. He is one whom, in homely but expres- 
sive language, it is safe to tie to." ( Y'/n- Granite 
Monthly^ April, 1895.) 

Mr. Jewett was horn in that part of Gilford, 
lielknap County, N.H., now included in La- 
conia, on September 18, 1858. He is the son 
of John G. and Carrie E. (Shannon) Jewett, 
and comes of ICnglish stock. His great- 
grandfather, Samuel Jewett, who was one of 
the Revolutionary patriots in the battle of 
Bunker Hill, resided for some tiiue in Mollis, 
N.H., whence he moved to Laconia, he and 
his brother being practically the first settlers 
of this place. Smith Jewett, Mr. Jewett's 
grandfather, was a respected citizen of La- 
conia; and his son, John G. Jewett, is a native 
resident of this jilaee, and is a highly 
esteemed citizen. A gentleman of scholarly 
attainments, he taught school for a number <jf 

Stephen Shannon Jewett accp 
education in the public sclnx. 

1 his early 
)[ Laconia 

but being under age he was obliged to wait a 
year. Admitted to the bar in ALireh, 1880, 
he began practice in Laconia, and until i8S() 
conducted an independent business. William 
A. Plummer then became his partner, and he 
is still associated with him. During the fif- 
teen years of Mr. Jewett's active practice few 
important cases ha\e appeared on the docket 
of Belknap County without his name in con- 
nection, either as counsel for plaintiff or de- 
fendant. His most noted recent case was the 
celebrated crivi. con. suit of Wilcomb against 
Wilcomb, Mr. Jewett appearing for the plain- 
tiff. In 1884 he accepted the position of 
Clerk of the Supreme Court for J-ielknaii 
County, as an accommodation to suit the con- 
venience of the court, and servetl for a short 
time. He drafted and secureil the pas.sage of 
Laconia"s city charter, was the first City 
Solicitor elected, and as City .Solicitor is still 
in office. Aside from his legal work he has 
many financial interests. He is a Director in 
the Laconia ]5uilding ami Loan Association, 
the Laconia I and and Improvement Company, 
the Standard l''lectric Time Company, the 
Laconia Masonic Temple Association, the La- 
conia National Bank, and the Weirs Hotel and 
Land Company. 

Mr. Jewett began to take an interest in pol- 
itics in 1876 when a youth of eighteen, and 
was soon recognized as a Republican leader. 
He conducted the affairs of the Town Com- 
mittee from 1880 to iSyo, and, becoming a 
member of the .State Committee in 18S4, was 
elected Secretary of that body in 1890. He 
gave ample proof of his cfificiency in this 
capacity during what is known as "the famous 
Tuttle campaign, the hardest -fought political 



battle ever known in New Hampshire." In 
the House of Representatives he was ]'Jii;ross- 
ing Clerk in 18S3, and served at different 
times as Assistant Clerk and Clerk. "As 
Clerk of the House of Representatives, who 
had the making up of the roll, he appeared 
before the full bench of the Supreme Court in 
the famous attempt of the Democrats to make 
him disclose his intentions as to whether or 
not he intended to place on the roll the names 
of certain Representatives who had been de- 
clared elected in town meetinL,^ The i^reat 
battle over, the 'If luititled' will not soon be 
forgotten in this State, nor will Mr. Jewett's 
services to the Republican party at that criti- 
cal juncture. As in all the crises of his life, 
he rose to the occasion, and suddenly the 
people of all parties recognized him as the 
coming man. At the opening of the next 
campaign, that of 1S92, Mr. Jewett was chosen 
Chairman of the State Committee; and the 
trinm|)hant election of Governor John ]?. 
Smith proved the wisdom of the choice. In 
1894 he was again put at the head of the great 
organization; and, with the experience of two 
years before to guide him, he secured the elec- 
tion of the candidate, Governor Charles A. 
ISusiel, by the unheard-of majority of ten 
thousand votes. At this election he was 
himself elected to represent his ward in the 
legislature, and his name was at once [lut for- 
ward by his friends as a candidate for the 
.Speakership. With the tremendous prestige 
which he had attained as leader in the great 
Republican victory in November, no candidate 
could stand before him; and he was nominated 
for Speaker in the Reijublican caucus by a vote 
of two to one over his only competitor. He 
was elected as a matter of course, and has 
made as good a Speaker as ever presided in our 
legislative halls." {(iraui/r Monthly.) 

Mr. Jewett was Colonel on the staff of Gov- 

ernor Goodell in 1S89. He was a delegate to 
the National Republican Convention at .St. 
Louis in 1896 that nominated McKinley for 
President; and at present, though his contin- 
ually increasing law practice prevents him 
from entering to any great extent into political 
work, he is a member of the Executive Com- 
mittee of the New Hampshire Republican 
State Committee, and he is on the Executive 
Committee of the Republican National League. 

Mr. Jewett was married June 30, 1S80, to 
Annie L. l!ray, of Hra<lford, luigland. He 
had then just started in the practice of law, 
and had not even an assured income; and his 
subsequent success he insists is due much 
more to his wife than to himself. They have 
one promising boy, Theo S. 

A member of several bar associations, Mr. 
Jewett has also formed a number of other 
social connections. At one time he was a 
member of the New Hampshire National 
Guard ; and for several years he belongeil to 
Comjiany K, Third Regiment, of Laconia. 
In Masonry he has taken all the degrees up to 
the thirty-second ; and he has been Master of 
Mount Lebanon Lodge, High Priest of Union 
Chapter, Master of Pythagorean Chapter, and 
Commander of Pilgrim Commandery — all of 
Laconia; anil is now an orticcr of the Grand 
Council of New Hampshire. In private life 
he is courteous and agreeable, with a kindly 
word always for the absent and those in 

§AMES E. HAVES, Sheriff of Strafford 
County, was born April 13, 1841, ii^ 
the town of Farmington, N.H., on the' 
homestead which his great-grandfather, Danie.^ 
Hayes, cleared from the wilderness. This 
homestead was likewise the birthplace of 
Daniel Hayes, Jr., the grandfather, and of his 
son Richard, the father of James E. Each of 



these progenitors was a sturdy tiller of tlie 
soil; and each in his turn added to the im- 
provements already begun on the land, and 
made it his home. Richard Hayes married 
Martha A. lulgerly, of Farmington, who bore 
him two children, namely: Annie M., who 
marrieil Alvah M. Kimball; and James K., the 
subject of this sketch. 

James K. Hayes, in common with most 
farmers' sons, received the larger jiart of his 
education in the district school. He left 
school at the age of thirteen years to learn 
shoemaking. This trade he afterward fol- 
lowed for thirty consecutive years. In 1SS2 
he erected in his native town a factory for the 
manufacture of heels for boots and shoes; and 
he has since carried it on successfully, build- 
ing up an extensive business. The factory is 
now under the charge of his son, Eugene B. 
Hayes. It was personally managed by Mr. 
James E. Hayes until 1892, when he was 
appointed Deputy Sheriff, an office to which 
he was re-elected the following year. In 
1895 and 1896 he served in the capacity of 
Sheriff of Strafforil County with so much 
ability that he was elected to the office for a 
second term. In politics he has been a firm 
supporter of Republican principles, and cast 
his first Presidential vote for Abraham Lin- 
coln. In 1S73 Mr. Hayes represented the 
town nf ]'\irmingtnn in the State legislature, 
and ill 1887 he served it as Selectman. Dur- 
ing the administration of President Harrison 
he took the manufacturers" census of his dis- 
trict. He is a member of the local grange, 
and both he and his wife are members of the 
Congregational church. 

On November 24, 1870, Mr. Hayes married 
Miss Mary I-:. Peavey, of Farmington, a 
daughter of John L. and Emily Furber Peavey. 
The only children born to Mr. and Mrs. Hayes 
are: Eugene B., Deputy Sheriff and manager 

of his father's factor\- 
John R., a stutlent of 

armmgton; and 
DovL-r Business 

L PHI' US L. in- AN, a retired 
farmer and an extensive real estate 
aler of Ikdmont, was born at 
Loudon Ridge, N. H., February 4, 1820, son 
of p;iijah and l?etsey (Mudgett) Bean. The 
maternal grandfather, Scribner Mudgett, who 
was prominent among the early settlers ot this 
district, emigrated from I-'.ngland about the 
year 1783, settled upon twd hundred acres of 
wild land situated in Gilmanton, and there 
cleared a good farm, half of which he gave to 
one of his son.s. He died at the age of sixty- 
five years. His ten children were: lulward, 
Richard, Samuel, John, :\Iary, Sallv, Susan, 
Betsey, William, and one whose name is un- 
known. Susan became Mrs. Clifford. Sally 
taught school for some years, after which she 
married Levi Sleeper, a prominent farmer. 
Iktsey, born P^ebruary 29, 17S8, who was 
William's twin sister, and always resided at 
the homestead, in 1813 became the wife of 
Elijah Bean, who was born November 30, 

p:iijah and Betsey (Mudgett) Bean were the 
parents of six children, one of whom dietl in 
infancy. The others were: Fanny G., Joseph 
M., Alpheus L., 15etsey N., and Erastus 
Alonzo. Fanny G., who was born September 
10, 1S15, married Joshua Wood, son of John 
Wood, a stone-maker of Hancock, N.H. 
Joshua Wood, who was a painter, fdljowed his 
trade in Manchester for a time; and he and his 
wife passed their last days in 'I'ilton. They 
had two children, neither of whom is living. 
Joseph M. Bean, born October 11, 1817, who 
was engaged in farming and the live-stock busi- 
ness until he reached the age of seventy, is 
still living. His first wife, who was before 


marriage CathLMinc 'nitnn, became the nuither 
of three cliilJren, dI' whom George, the iml}' 
survivor, is now residing in Springvale, Me. 
]!y his second wife. Aim (Neal) Bean, who 
was a native of Meredith, N.Il,, he liecame 
the father .if I'llen IVan. I.:ilen married for 
her first iiushanti (His Clark, a well-i<nown 
citizen of Manciiester, wlio died in 1892, leav- 
ing one daughter. .She married for her second 
hushand I'rank Davis, who owns a farm situ- 
ated n|)ou the dividing line between Manches- 
ter and Canterliury, N.H. P'oth her jiarents 
reside with her. lietsey liean, born Novem- 
ber 18, 1S22, died in l'owcII, Mass., October 
2 1, 1839. lu-astns Hean, horn February 23, 
1S27, who died in California in 1.S52, married 
on December 19, 1850, Augusta Ewer, of liel- 
mont. The only child of that union, l""Iora 
ICIizabeth, died when one year old. 

Alpheus L. liean was educated in the dis- 
trict schools. When his studies were com- 
pleted he engaged in farming. Having bought 
a part of his father's farm, he resided there 
until 1847, when he sold the property and en- 
gagetl in the stone business. In 1850 he 
again turned his attention to agricultural pur- 
suits, and bought a farm of one hundied and 
eighteen acres, located in what was called the 
Jamestown Section of Belmont. Me erected a 
new house upon that farm, and resided there 
until 1854, when he sold the estate advantage- 
ously. ]'"rom that time until settling upon his 
present farm he made a business of bu)-ing 
agricultural propert)', which he would improve 
and sell, realizing each time a handsome profit. 
Among the estates that passed through his 
hands in this manner were the Hackett Emery 
place, a farm located in the French neighbor- 
hood, and another situated in the Jamestown 
•Section. In 1865 he innchased forty acres of 
the farm on Eadtl Hill he now occupies. 
Since then he has increased its size to eighty 



le, and kept ten cows 
and four horses. He has been successful both 
in speculation and agricultural pursuits, and 
for many years was one of the most actixe and 
industrious residents of iSelmont. Some time 
since he retired from active labor, leaving the 
management of the farm to his son, and is now 
devoting his time to looking after his invest- 
ments, which include some valuable interests 
in Laconia. In politics he is a Republican; 
and, though averse to taking part in public 
affairs, he was persuaded to serve two years as 
a member of the Board of Selectmen. 

In iS44Mr. Bean contracted his fiist mar- 
riage with Polly G. Dow. She was a daughter 
of Joseph Dow, of Sanbornton, N. H., and dieil 
in 1846, In 1850 he wedded Matilda A. 
Bean, daughter of Joseph Bean, of Brentwood, 

N. H. ; and on Ai 


his third wife Mrs. Addie E. (Leighton) 
Morrill. Moses Leighton, the father of his 
third wife, was reared in I'^ranklin, N.H., sf)n 
of I'.dwin Leighton, was a prosperous farmer 
of .Sanbornton, and was prominent in local 
politics. He was the father of seven other 
children; namely, Lydia, .Samuel, Ira, Wes- 
ley, Freeman, Edward, and Joel. Lydia mar- 
ried C. J. Smith, a foreman in the Laconia 
Car Works, and had one daughter, Carrie, who 
died at the age of thirty-three years. Samuel 
enlisted in a New Hamjishire Cavalry Regi- 
ment, and died from disease contracted in 
prison during the Civil War. Ira, who is an 
overseer in the Laconia car shops, wedded 
Martha A. Somes, and became the father of 
two children, who died at an early age. Wes- 
ley, who enlisted in the Twelfth New Ham]i- 
shire Volunteers, was killed in the battle of 
P'redericksburg. Freeman died of typhoid 
fever at the age of twenty-one. Edward, wdio 
is overseer of a foundry in Concord, married 



fell- his first wife Lottie Currier, of Belmont; 
and slie bore liini three ehildren — Archie, 
lulward, and Grace. Mrs. Bean married for 
her first huslnind Frani< Morrill, of (iilford, 
N. II. By her Mr. Bean has two children — 
Mattie I\Iay and Frank A. Mattie May, born 
l'"ebruary 26, i.S'70, was a graduate from the 
Laconia lii-h School at the a-e of fifteen, 
and then took a classical course at the New 
Ilanipshire Conference Seminary in 'I'ilton. 
.Aftei- teaching school for a time, she in 1X92 
married lulward G. Rand, a prosperous farmer 
of Belmont. l^'rank A., born August iS, 
1876, was educated at the seminary in Tilton, 
and is now managing the homestead farm. 
Mr. Bean was one of the first to join the 
Christian Church in I.aconia. 


of Dover, prominently identified with 
"^ — -^ the medical profes.sion as a sp.ccial- 
ist in treating diseases of the eye and ear, 
wa.s born April 27, 1864, in Wickford, 
Wa.shington County, R.I., son of the Rev. 
Alonzo B. I-'landers, D. D. , and a grandson of 
the late James I'^landers. The grandfather 
was a man of some ]irominence in Vermont, 
where his death occurred when seventy-six 
years old. 

The Re\-. A. B. l'"landers, who was born in 
Chelsea, \'t., Uecember Ti, 1829, received his 
early education in l-l.xeter, N.II. He then 
studied for the ministry with Bishop Carleton 
C. Chase, of this State, and was duly admitted 
to p)riestly orders at Claremont, N.II., in 
June, 1853. Soon after this event he was 
called to Wickford, \<.\., where he labored 
twelve years as rector of St. Paul's Church. 
At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted 
in the Fourth Rhode Island \'olunteer Infan- 
tr\', and served as Chaplain at the front for two 

years. During this time he was twice stricken 
with malarial fever. The second attack was 
so severe that only the bravery of his devoted 
wife, who made her way through the lines and 
nursed him back to health, could have pre- 
vented a fatal termination. After his return 
to Wickford, acting ufion the advice of his 
physician, he went to \'ermont, liojiing to ben- 
efit his health b}' a stay in the mountains. In 
December, iSr.S, he settled in Chester, Vt., 
where he afterward founded St. Luke's Church, 
of which he was rector for fifteen years. Af- 
terwaid he siient a short time at White River 
Junction, Vt., and then removed to St. i\\- 
bans, in the same State, where he is still 
actively engaged in his ministr\-, which now 
covers a period of more than forty years. He 
is one of the oldest and most highly esteemed 
ministers of Vermont. His degree of Doctor 
of Divinit}' was conferred on him by the \'er- 
mont University. He is a member of the 
Standing Committee of the diocese, an ICx- 
amining Chaplain, and has served as a dele- 
gate to the General Con\ention se\eral times. 
His wife, in maidenhood -Sarah A. Lie, was 
born in Wind.sor, Vt., daughter of Simeon Ide. 
Mr. Ide was well known in 1 iterary tind po- 
litical circles, having been an editor, pub- 
lisher, and politician, and the founder of the 
\'eimont Journal and the Auitriiaii y.ovinii, 
both of which he established in 181S. In 
181 5 he printed in an old blacksmith shop 
the first edition of the New Testament ever 
printed in New Hampshire. He was de- 
scribed as "leader among men," was a mem- 
ber of the State militia, and he had an 
extensive acc[uaintance with the most promi- 
nent politicians of his native State. He lived 
to the venerable age of ninety-four years. 

Louis W. P'lantlers obtained his early edu- 
cation in the common schools of Chester and 
the Stevens High School at Claremont, N.II. 


SiibsL'iiuently he entered tlie University (if 

Timothy Waterhouse, the father ( 

f Jeremiah 

VernKint, and graduated from the medieal de- 

Waterhouse, Sr., was the hrst of th 

e family to 

partment in the summer of iS,S5. Then he 

settle in Barrington. 

began the ])iaetiee of general medieine at 

Jeremiah Waterhouse, Jr., ser\ 

ed a four 

Highgate, \'t. , remaining theie a sliort time. 

yeai's' appreuticeshiii to the carpen 

er's trade, 

The Doctor removed tlien to ]!randoii, \'t., 

and then took up the business of 

.uilding on 

and in the following year was associated with 

contract. This he followed succ(. 

ssfnlly for 

A. T, Woodward. Going thence to Castleton, 

twenry-live years, after which he 

eti red to a 

\'t., he continued in practice thei'e until i S()n, 

farm and engaged in agricultLue. 

I'ormerly a 

when he gave up his general work and re- 

Whig, after the formation of the 


moveil to ISnilington, in the same State. 

party he became an adherent of th; 

t organi/a- 

Here he was assistant to J. II. Woodward, 

tion. In i,S5() and i sr,o he was a 

memliei- of 

M.I)., Professor of Ophthalmology and Otol- 

the State legislature; ;ind from 1 

SVii to the 

ogy, and /Adjunct Professor of the Materia 

time of his death, which happened 

u 1888, he 

Medica in the University of Vermont. Dr. 

was Postmaster of Harrington. In 

the latter 

l-'hinders remained in Turlington three years, 

office he was succeeded by his widm 

■, who con- 

becoming .skilled in the branches of study in 

tinned to hold it thereafter until h 

ei- tieath in 

which he was .specially interested. In iSg^ 


he o|)ened an office in Dover, where as an 

William !•. Waterhouse was erlnc 

ated in the 

oculist and aurist he now possesses a lucia- 

common and high schools of P,an 

iiigton and 

ti\'e piactice within a circuit of twentv miles. 

at P'ranklin Academy of Dover. 

Peing the 

On December 26, \S()0, Dr. P'lauders mar- 

only child, he lived with his pa 

cuts until 

ried Miss Annie Miriam Hilton, of Chester, a 

their death. In the home farm he 

lias about 

compani.iu of his early childhood and a school- 

three hun<lred and fifty acres. Pes 

des this he 

mate. Politically, tlie Doctor is a stanch Re- 

owns other land amounting to fo 

u' hundred 

publican, but takes no active part in public 

and fifty acres. While giving due ; 

ttention to 

affairs. Socially, he is jirominently identi- 

his real estate and other interes 

s, he has 

fied with the Masonic fraternity, belonging to 

taken a very active ])art in public a 

fairs. Ho 

liiuington Loilge, No. loo, F. & A. M. , of 

was first electetl to office in i. Sri- 

when he 

P.urlington, of which he is a Past Master; 

became Town Clerk, in which c 

ipacitv he 

to Pinlington Chapter, R. A. M. ; to Orphan 

afterward served the town until iS; 

. During 

Council, R. & .S. M., Dover; to Purlington 

the next two years he was legislat 

ive Repre- 

Commandery, K. T. ; and to the Vermont 

sentative. In 1.S76 and 1S77 he 

served as 

Consistory, A. A. S. , Northern jurisdiction. 

Selectman, and in iS.Srl he was re 

-electe.l to 

serve until the spring of iScjo; a 

id he was 

Chairman of the Hoard for two ye 

us of that 


time. In 18S2 he was elected Ci 

unty Corn- 

Ip^l the piDpiietor of a laige f.nni in I'ar- 

missioner, and afterward held the 

office two 

-L^ V^, rington, his birthplace and inesent 

years. Since 1887 he has been M 

od era tor at 

home, was born January 31, 1S45, only child 

town and school meetings. He ha 

5 served on 

of Jeremiah and Martha A. (Winkley) Water- 

the School Board for the past four 

years. In 

house, and grandson of Jeremiah Waterhouse. 

1893 he was elected to the New 



Senate from the Twelftli District, im the Re- 
IHililican noniiiKitioii. l~or tlie past twenty 
years he has jjeen a menilier of the State Cen- 
tral Rcpiiljlican Committee. 

Oil l-'ebruary i, iS6S, Mr. Waterhousc mar- 
ried Miss lCli7,abeth S. Hale, of Harrington. 
His ehilflren are: Jeremiah, born April 14, 
1.S75; and Ruth, l)orn June 22, 1SS7. In the 
fall of 1X96 Jeremiah was elected to the 
legislature, and celebrated the event by giv- 
ing a .sujiper to over a thousand of his friends. 
He belongs to the third of the three gen- 
erations of the Waterhouse family that have 
rejirescnted Barrington in the legislature. 
The Hon. William E. Waterhouse is a mem- 
ber of Centennial Grange; of Wannalancet 
Tribe, Improved Order of Red Men, of 
Dover; and of Mount Pleasant Lodge, I. O. 
O. v., of the same place. 

iAI.\TX Jl'XKlXS, a successful farmer 
ISarnstcad, was born here, Ajiril 30, 
1S40, son of Jose])h and I.j'dia Ann 
(Merrill) Jenkins. John Jenkins, Joseph's 
father, who came to liarnstead from Lee, 
N. H., ])ui-chased a tract of land near Suncook 
Fond, on which lie settled, and subsecpiently 
became the owner of considerable land in Lee. 
He died in the latter place. His children 
were: John, Joseph, Lois, Hannah, Sally, and 
William. John, who lived and died in Lee, 
N. H., leaving five children, represented his 
town in the State legislature and held other 
offices. Sally married John M. Chesley, and 
li\'ed in Barnstead. Lois married Sargent 
Hanson, and now resides in Madbury, N. H. 
Hannah married Jacob Odell, of Durham, and 
had one child, who died while attentling col- 
lege. William, who was a manuf:icturer of 
starch in different places in New \'ork, and 
died in 1S95, married Joanna Loss, who died 

some years ago. The\' had five chililren, of 
whom Louisa, Fannie, and limma are living. 

Joseph Jenkins, born in Lee, removed when 
a young man to Barnstead, where he took u\i 
farming, and subsequently became the largest 
landowner in this town. He was also quite 
lai'gely engaged in buying and selling timber 
lots. In politics he was a loyal Re]niblican. 
Whenever he was a candidate for office, he 
was always successful. He was Selectman for 
many years, and he represented the town in 
the State legislature for two years. In relig- 
ion he was a strong believer in the tenets of 
Quakerism. He lived to be ninety two years 
old. The first of his two marriages was con- 
tracted with Miss Nancy Walker; and the 
second with Miss Lydia Ann Merrill, daugh- 
ter of Elisha Merrill. By the first there were 
five children; namely, William A., Josejib, 
John, Oren, and Louisa. Of these, Josejih, 
John, and Oren are living. Louisa died in 
girlhood. The children of the second mar- 
riage were: Charles F. , Everett, Lewis and 
Louisa (twins), Calvin, Melvin, Mary and 
Lyman (twins). Everett served in the Ci\'il 
War until a severe wound, received at the 
battle of I'"redericksburg, obliged him to re- 
turn home. Lewis and Melvin were also sol- 
diers in the war. Lewis was wounded in the 
foot. After the war Melvin served for a time 
on the police force of Manchester, N. H., and 
there subsequently became the City Marshal. 
Lyman is now a Deacon in the l-'irst Congre- 
gational Church of Barnstead. 

After actjuiring a common-school education, 
Calvin Jenkins took up farming with his 
father, with whom he remained until he was 
tvventy-si.x years of age. Then he started out 
for himself, continuing in the same occup:i- 
tion on a farm on Beauty Hill, that his father 
ga\'e him, containing one hundi-ed acres. The 
buildings were subsequently destroyed by fire. 


entailing a lieavy loss td him. Afterward, in 
iiS'92, he i)iirchasecl the place at Harnsteail 
Parade where he now lives. I\lr. Jenkins is 
one of the representative farmers of tlie tnwn. 
lie is prominent in the Repuhlican jiarty. 
In iSSS and iSScj he was elected iJeputy 
Sheriff of IJelknap County, and served two 
years. Re-elected in 1.S92, 1S94, and 1.^96, 
he i.s still serving in that capacity. On pre- 
vious occasions, when he was a candidate for 
office, the Uemocrats carried the elections. 
On February 26, iSr,2, Mr. Jenkins married 
Miss Hannah M. .Sackett, daughter of N.ihle 
•Sackett, of l^arnstead, who had eleven other 
children. Mr. Sackett, who came to I^arn- 
stead from Massachusetts and was the first 
shoemaker in this town, followed his trade 
up to the age of sixty-five years. Mr. and 
Mrs. Jenkins have one son, Edgar, who is em- 
]ilo_ved by the American F^xpress Com]\any, 
]?oston. Kdgar married Grace A. Willey, 
daughter of Horatio G. Willey, of Harnstead, 
and now has one child — Harold \V. , burn 
A|.ril 7, 1X95. Mrs. Calvin Jenkins is a 
member of the First Congregational Church. 

LVAII \V FI.ANI)b:RS, Tax Collector 
.f Alton, was born upon the farm he 
now occupies, in West Alton, son of 
Andrew and ]5etsey (Eaton) Flanders. His 
grandfather, F^zekiel F'landers, in young man- 
hood accompanied his parents from Amesbur\', 
Mass., to Alton, and later, in West Alt<ni, 
took up a tract of fifty acres of wild land, and 
converted it into the farm now owned by his 
grandson, Alvah B. F:zekiel, whn was prob- 
ably the first settler in this part of the town, 
besides clearing thirty acres of his lauil, 
hauled lumber on .sleds to Gilmanton. He 
finally erected a frame house, and resided here 
until his death. He married for his first 

wife Susannah ]5uzzell, and reared five chil- 
dren—Andrew, Enoch, Sally, b'.lizabcth, and 
Su.san. Enoch, wh.. settled u|.(.n land in Gil- 
ford given him liy his father, about one mile 
from the huniestead, married, and raised a 
family of three sons and three daughters. 
Sally became the wife of Jacnii Eeavitt, of 
Gilford, and left daughter. I'lizabetb 
married Eyman lUaisdell, a farmer of Gilford; 
and of her family there is (nie snrvivcir. 
Susan married William 1!. Hinckley, ,if 
Alton, and had a family of six children. The 
mother died at the age of seventy-five; and 
the father, who was then eighty years (dd, 
married lietsey Davis, and passed the last ten 
years of his life happily with his secmid bi ide. 
His second wife died at ninety-twd. 

Andrew Flanders, born in yMton in 1790, 
was nine months old when his parents mo\-ed 
to West Alton. When a young man he 
settled and erected a Imuse on a part of tlie 
homestead property. He finally succeeded to 
the ownership of the entire farm. bjiergetic 
and industrious, he became iirosperous, and 
added about one hundred acies to the tract. 
He supported the Democratic party in politics, 
and acted as a Justice of the Peace for many 
years. He was one of the first Adventists in 
Alton, and continued in that lielief until his 
death, which occurred in 1S72. His wife, 
Betsey, who was a nati\e of Pittslield, N.H., 
became the mother of a large family of chil- 
dren, nine of whom lived to maturitv. These 
were: Jehu E., Sally, l-zekiel S. , Andrew S. , 
Betsey, Amasa K. J., Dana J., Hezckiah 11, 
and Alvah 15. John V.. died in I.aconia, leav- 
ing one son. Sally became the wife of John 
Carr. Andrew S. married in Ne\vbui\-i)iiit, 
Mass., and resided there for the rest of his 
life. Amasa married, and resided in Alton 
Dana J. died in Salem, and left four daugh- 
ters. Ik-tsey died at the homestead, aged 


twenty-two years. Ilezekiah mnvcd fiDm Gil- 
ford to Salum, where he died. Alr.s. Andrew 
l-'Iander.s died in 1S54, aj^ed sixty-two years. 

Alvah h. I-'landers was reared and educated 
in Alton. lie belongs to the third of the 
three generations of the family that have occu- 
pied the homestead. At his father's death he 
succeeded to the property, on which he has 
since successfully carried on farming. In 
politics he is a Rei>ublican, and a local party 
leader of ability. He has been the candidat'e 
of both parties for Ta.\ Collector since i88<S. 
.,Mr. ]'"landers married Sarah C. , daughter of 
IXaniel I'landers, of Alton. Her parents were 
active and industrious and stiu'd)- farming 
peo]ile. Mr. Alvah B. Flanders and his wife 
have five children; namely, lulwin 1)., ICllen 
K., Oscar A., Willie A., and Maurice L. 
I'ldwin 1;)., now the projnietor of a flourishing 
jirovision business and of some valuable real 
est.ite in Nashua, N. II., is married, and has 
two son.s. I'llen K. and Maurice L. rcsiile at 
home. (")scar A. taught school for a time, and 
is now employed in a grocery store in Lake- 
port. Willie A. is with his brother in 

])rominent merchant of Milton, and 
in e.\-niembcr of the New Hamp- 
shire Senate, wms born in this town, July 11, 
1 1849, .son of h'rancis and Rhoda Ann (I.cigh- 
ton) Looney. His grandfather was Thomas 
Looney, an Englishman, who late in life emi- 
grated to the United States, and died soon 
after his arrival. The father was a native of 
Manchester, luigland, where he learned the 
cotton manufacturing business. In 1S20 he 
came to this country, and for some time acted 
as agent of the .satinc mills in Dover, N.H. 
lie finally settled in Milton, where he was en- 
gaged in manufacturing cotton warp for a 

number of years; and he died January 18, 
1854. He married Rhoda Ann Leighton, a 
native of Milton, and became the father of two 
sons: Charles H., the subject of this sketch; 
and Edwin I'., who died at the age of seven- 
teen years. 

Charles 11. Looney was educated in the 
common schools and at the Classical Institute 
of Milton, N.H. When his studies were com- 
pleted he entered Twombly's grocery store as 
a clerk; and two years later he was employed 
in the .same capacity in Farmington, N.H., by 
Captain Herring, with whom he remained a 
year. In 1871 he engaged in the grocery busi- 
ness upon his own account in Milton, and 
there conducted a flourishing trade until 1889. 
when he was aiipointed Deputy Collector of 
Customs for the Portsmouth district. In 
1894 he entered into partnership with Mr. 
Amos M. Roberts in the grocery business, 
under the firm name of Looney & Roberts, 
which has lieen continued until the jiresent 
time. Mr. Looney is one of the most active 
and influential leaders of the Re]iublican ]iart)' 
in this section of the State, and his political 
career has been marked by a display of such 
sterling ability as to insure for him the steady 
support of the majority of his party. He was 
appointed Postmaster in Milton by President 
Grant in 1871, and held the office with general 
satisfaction for thirteen years. He served as 
Town Clerk for twelve years, and was elected 
to the legislature in 1885 and to the State 
Senate in 18S7. He is a member of the Hoard 
of Trustees of the Nute High School of Mil- 
ton. He was Deputy Collector of Customs at 
Portsmouth for {\vc years, and is now a camli- 
date for the collectorship of that port. 

Mr. Looney married Emily E. Aliller, 
daughter of Robert Miller, of Milton, and has 
four sons; namely, Ned I'"rancis, Walter !•:. , 
Robert M., and llarrv H. He is connected 


with Fraternal Lo.lgc, V. & A. I\I., of I-arm- 
in-ton, N.H.; an<l with the Ancient Oriler 
of United Workmen. The family attend the 
Congregational ciuirch. 

|]<:WIS A. TROCTOR, a leading farmer 
)f Alton, was born January ig, 1S36, 
on the place where he now resides, 
son of the late John D. Proctor, and grandson 
of Thomas Proctor. John Proctor hired out 
when quite young with Joseph Drew, and after 
a time married his employer's daughter, 
Selina. They started out for themselves, 
were thrifty, jirudent, and determineil to suc- 
ceed, and after a time were able to buy a part 
of their father's farm, about one hinulred 
acres. Later they bought the whole farm, 
three hundred acres and more. John D. Proc- 
tor lived to be seventy-five years of age, dying 
in \i<i^],. He was a Whig and later a Repub- 
lican. In religious belief both he and his 
wife were Adventists. Mrs. Proctor died in 
18S6. Their two children were Lewis A. and 
Martha J. 

Lewis Proctor attended the district schools. 
After his school days were over, he worked 
with his father until 1866, when he took 
charge of the farm. He has built a new two- 
story house, containing fifteen finished rooms, 
and has much improved the property. The 
house is now one of the many pleasant New 
Hampshire homes open to the tourist during 
the summer season. Mr. Proctor married 
Miss Sarah Collins, daughter of Thomas Col- 
lins, of Alton, and grand-daughter of John II. 
Collins, an early settler of Barnstead, N.II. 
Thomas Collins married Dorothy Munsey, and 
had four children — John, Sarah, Fannie, and 
P'rank. John, a painter, married and is living 
in Pembroke. Frank is married, antl re- 
sides in Gilmanton. Fannie married Joseph 

Yeaton, of Pittsfield. Mrs. I'n.ct 
mother of six children: W., I 
I';ila M., and Charles 11., who live 
Mabel Ic I'., now Mrs. Frank McDu 
Irville T., who married Lillian C. 
and is living on the Dodge [ilace in 1 

is the 
an v.. 

RI'MIAH Y. WINGATF:, a promi^ 
nent druggist n[ Dover, and the worthy 
representative "f one of the earliest 

tied families of Strafford County, is of sub- 
stantial I'jiglish antecedents. The emigrant 
ancestor was John Wingate, who came from 
h:nglaiul to the United States in 1658, and 
soon afterward purchased a tract of land situ- 
ated on what is now known as Dover Point. 
He there began the improvement of a farm 
which is still in the possession of the Wingate 
family, being now owned by Mr. Joseph Will- 
iam Wingate, a brother of Jeremiah Y. and a 
descendant of the si.xth generation. A more 
extended account of the Wingates will be 
found in the History of the Wingate h'amily 
in I^ngland and America, compiled by 
Charles K. Wingate, and published in 1886 
by James P. D. Wingate, of ICxeter, N.II. 

Jeremiah Y. Wingate was born June 15, 
1842, in the town of Dover, son ,.f William P. 
and Lydia Chandler Wingate, prosperous 
farmers of this locality. He grew to man- 
hood on the homestead, obtaining an excellent 
education in the public schools of the place 
and at Franklin Academy. When about 
twenty-one years old, he entered the drug 
store of Dr. John II. Wheeler, of Dover, with 
whom he served a full term of apprenticeship. 
He then formed a partnership with James II. 
Wdieeler, M.D., and for nine years was suc- 
cessfully engaged in an apothecary's business. 
At the end of that period the firm was dis- 
solved; and he went to Conway, N.II., and 


engaged in business there, remaining alKuit a 
year and a iialf. Neil being satisfied witli his 
trade in that place, he returned to this city, 
and, ojiening liis jjreseiit tine store, has since 
been actively engaged in the drug business. 
He has an extensive and profitable trade, hav- 
ing among his customers many of the leading 
])eople of Dover and vicinit}-. 

On November 4, 1S70, Mr. Wingate married 
I\Iiss Arvilla S. Clements, who was born in 
Dover, daughter of John and Abigail (Dow) 
Clements. His children are: Florence H., 
born September 2, iSjj, who is now a book- 
keeper in this city ; Alaude A., born June 17, 
1876, who is a clerk in her father's store; 
Martha C, born March 20, 1880, now a pupil 
of the Dover High .School; and Henry, born 
June 29, 1SS5. Inheriting the political faith 
that has dominated the family for eight gen- 
erations, Mr. Wingate is one of the most earn- 
est supporters of the Republican party, and 
takes an active part in local affairs so far as 
the demands of his business will allow. The 
family are members of the I'irst Congrega- 
tional Church, with which he has been united 
for thirty years. 

■]-.XRV (jUlMliV DALTOX, senior 
member of the firm Dalton & Ben- 
nett, proprietors of Lakeside House, 
Tilton, was born in Northfield, X.H., De- 
cember 20, 1S29, son of Absalom and Harriet 
15. (Aldrich) Dalton. His grandfather, Sam- 
uel Dalton, born in Londonderry, N.H., July 
-9' '757. w^s a son of John Dalton, whose 
father came from the north of L-eland. Sam- 
uel Dalton enlisted in the Continental army 
for the short term when eight years old, and 
afterward re-eiilistetl for f(jur years. In 1793 
he settled upon a farm in Northfield, and died 
in upper Gilmanton, January i, 1837. He 

married for his first wifi 
was born in Hampstead, 
1778, and died July 18, 
marriage was contracted 
(Gile) Wadleigh. 

Absalom Dalton, the 1 
was born in Northfield, Jr 
a young man, he taught 
town, N. II. Later, in 
learned the stone cutter'; 




ly 31, 1801. When 
school in Stewarts- 
Massachusetts, he 
trade, and followed 



some of the largest 
quarries of New England. Afterward for 
thirty years he followed agriculture in North- 
field and Sanbornton. Upon the death of his 
wife he took up his residence with his son, 
Henry O. His death occurred in October, 
18SS, at the age of eighty-seven years. In 
politics he was a Democrat. His wife, Har- 
riet B. , who was a daughter of Caleb Aldrich, 
of Northfield, became the mother of seven 
children, five of whom reached maturity. Of 
these there are living: Henry O., the subject 
of this sketch ; and Urana M., the w^fe of Eben 
B. Calef. The others were Ransom S., Mary 
A., and George VV. Mr. and Mrs. Absalom 
Dalton were members of the Free Baptist 

Henry Ouimby 'Dalton was educated in the 
district schools. When ten years old, his 
father's house, including all the furniture, 
with the e.xceijtion of a chair and a bed, was 
sold to satisfy a note which the elder Dalton 
had indorsed. In consequence young Henry 
then went to work upon a farm in Hookset, 
N. H. Thirteen months later, he left Hook- 
set for lielmont, where he worked upon differ- 
ent farms. When fifteen years of age, he 
began to learn the stone cutter's trade with his 
father at Sanbornton; and he has since fol- 
lowed it at intervals. When twentyone years 
old, he purchased the Jerry GilmLUi farm. 
Later he sold that estate; and in 1866 he 




purchased his present i>n)i)ei-ty, which now 
contains about two hundred acres. He culti- 
vates lilty acres, keeps thirty head of cattle, 
seven or eight horses, and employs several 
assistants. The greater part of his farm prod- 
ucts are used at the Lakeside House. He 
alsii iiwns considerable real estate in Laconia. 
In iS^y he began keeping summer boarders. 
As the business increased, he found it neces- 
sary to enlarge his house. The Lakeside, 
which (jccupies a sightly location on the shore 
of Lake Winnisquam, and has ample accom- 
modations for one hundred guests, is the larg- 
est summer resort in Tilton. From ]\Liy to 
September it is filled with patrons, some of 
whom Clime from I-'lnrida and .San Fi'ancisco. 
In politics Mr. Dalton is a Democrat. He 
has served the town well and faithfully in the 
various capacities of Selectman, Ta.x Collec- 
tor, Road Agent, Supervisor of Church List, 
and Appraiser of the T.iwn. He has acted as 
a Justice of the Peace for fifteen years. 

(Jn December I I, 1851, Mr. Dalton was 
joined in marriage with Mrs. Sarah S. (Ciil- 
man) Weston, daughter of C.ilman, of 
-Sanbornton. By her first marriage Mrs, Dal- 
ton had one son — Amos G. Weston, M.I)., 
born Octolier 29, iS4C>. He studied medicine 
in I'hiladelphia, Pittsburg, and Cincinnati, 
].ractised in Vell.iw Springs, Ohio, until his 
health failed, and died of consumption in b'or- 
est City, Minn., February 16, iSf);. In Janu- 
ary, lcS65, he was married in Yellow Springs 
to Hattie D. Chamberlain; and he left one son 
— Willie Herman, who is now a farmer in 
Ashland, Neb. Willie Herman Weston mar- 
ried p:ila Vance, and has three children living. 
By her present husband Mrs. Dalton has .ine 
daughter — Mary Hattie, now the wife of Mar- 
cellus W. Bennett and the mother of five 
children— Harry Halford, Marshal Frank, 
Jean L. , Leeland Wilson, and Llwoi.d Vance. 

Harry Halford Bennett, born November 22, 
iS;;,, has always resided with his grandpar- 

of Dalton & Bennett. He married Annie .S. , 
daughter of Frank Leavitt, of Laconia. Mr. 
Dalton, Sr., is connected with the grange in 
Tilton, and is a member of the People's Chris- 
tian Church of Laconia, having been an or- 
cani/.er of both societies. 

OKACP: T. BABB, a well-known and 

Strafford County. He was born 
September 8, 1842, at Bariington, on the farm 
on which his paternal grandfather, Thomas 
Babb, settled in the early part <if the last cen- 
tury. His father, Joseph T. l?abb, was a 
farmer, and likewise woi-ked at the carpenter's 
trade, in which he was quite skilful. He 
was three times married. His first wife, in 
maidenhood Abigail Cater, died, leaving him 
three children, namely: Dennis A., who tlied 
at the age of fifty-si.x years; Martha S., als(] 
decea.sed; and Elizabeth J. His second wife, 
whose maiden name was Mary B. Tiblietls, 
bore him two children — Henry II. and 
Horace T. Henry II., the elder of the two, 
enlisted in iSTu in Company K, Seventh New 
Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, and died, 
while serving in the late war, at Beaufort, 
N.C. Joseph T. Babb's third marriage was 
contracted with Abigail Kimball, who bore 
him three children. These were: Mary A., 
who died in i.S.Si ; and John C. and Frank II., 
both of whom are living. The father died May 
4, 1892, in his eighty-ninth )'ear. 

Horace T. Babb grew to man's estate on the 
home farm, acquiring his early education in 
the district schools, and completing it at the 
village high school. While attending the 
latter institution, throughout the term follow- 


ing his eighteenth birthiln)-, he walked the in- 
tervenint;- distance (jf four miles between it 
and his home mornini; and e\ening. On at- 
taining his majority, he went to Farmington, 
tiiis county, and secured work in the mills of 
Mr. W. W. Hayes, a manufacturer of rough 
lumber, carriages, and boxes. Here he re- 
mained three years, being foreman of the 
mills in the latter part of the time. After 
occupying a similar position in a hunber-mill 
at Rochester, N.H., for a while, he returned 
to his first employer, and worked for him a 
few years more. l'"or the succeeding two years 
he was emphiyeil in a shoe shop of I'arming- 
ton, whence he came to Dover, accepting an- 
other ix)sition. A few years later he was in 
business for a short time with Manny & 
Ahl, shoe manufacturers of Rochester. He 
subsequently disposed of his interest in the 
factory, and was employed by C. W. Thurs- 
ton & Co., of ]'"armington, and later was 
foreman of an upper leather and stitching' 
room for three and a half years in Wolfboro, 
N.H. Having again returned to Farmington, 
j\lr. Babb had entire charge of the lumber, 
bo.v, and board mills of Mr. Hayes for four 
and a half years. Removing from there to 
Dover, he ne.\t became agent for L. \V. Xute 
& Co., slioe manufactmers, continuing in the 
same position with Mr. Xute's successor, 
C. H. Moulton, until 1894. Since then he 
has lived retired from business. 

Mr. 15abb was married June 12, 1871, to 
Miss Carrie A. Nute, who was born in ]5oston, 
August 2,S, 1S44, daughter of Cyrus W. and 
Flmira (I5anfield) Nute. Politically, Mr. 
15abb is an earnest advocate of the [jrinciples 
of the Republican iiarty. He served most 
acceptably as a Representative of the town of 
Harrington in the State legislature in 1871, 
and as Alderman from Ward One of Dover in 
1893 and 1894. He has been identified with 

the Masonic fraternity since 1867, being a 
meml)er of l-"raternal Lodge, Farmington, 
N. H., and afterward becoming a charter mem- 
ber of Moses Paul Lodge of Dover. He is 
also a member of the Columbia Council, l''arm- 
ington; of St. Paul's Commandery, of which 
he is Standard-bearer; and of the Dover 
Lodge of Perfection. Mr. \kihh also belongs 
to the Odd P"ellows, having affiliation with the 
Woodbine Lodge, of Farmington ; the Royal 
Arcanum, of Wolfboro; the Order of I'Hks, 
of Dover; and the Dover Bellamy Club, of 
which he was one of the organizers. 

§()HN W. CURRIER, formerly a prom- 
inent lawyer of Alton, was born Sep- 
tember 7, 1835, at Walden, Vt. , son of 
the Rev. John and Martha (Foster) Currier. 
His grandfather was one of the early settlers 
in Vermont, and is said to have lived for 
some time with the Indians. The Rev. John 
Currier, who was known in the Methodist 
Conference as " I-'ather Currier," a faithful 
and hard-working minister for nearly sixty 
years, lived to the advanced age of eighty-six 
years, having occupied many honorable posi- 
tions in connection with his denomination. 
He was a Democrat of the old school, and 
his brother fought in the battle of Hunker 

The early education of John W. Currier was 
received in the common schools of the various 
towns in which his father lived. In 1850 he 
entered the \'ermont Conference Seminary at 
Newbury, \'t., where he remained four years. 
Then, in 1854, he entered the Sophomore 
class in Wesle}an University, from which he 
graduated with high honors in 1857. During 
his college course he not only taught school 
for several terms, but commenced the study of 
law, so that he was able to irraduate from the 


1 86 1 . 

In 1 86. 

AUjany Law School 
opened a law office 
niaiiictl ill the snccessfLil [nactice of his pio- 
tession luUil he became incapable of giving it 
further attention. Mr. Currier was for many 
years Town Clerk of Alton. He was also Clerk 
of the New Hampshire -Senate in i.S6g antl 
1S70, and at two different times he was Solic- 
itor of Belknap County. Each ofifice was filled 
by him with great credit to himself and to the 
entire satisfaction of all. He was always in- 
terested in the welfare of his town, and was 
prominent in every good work. As an edu- 
cator he took great interest in the success of 
the common schools, and contributed largely of 
his time to their advancement. A cultured 
man, he was fond of literature, and contrib- 
utetl to it some gems of poetry. The touch- 
ing lines, written after he hail been blinil one 
year, are given in full below. He was a con- 
sistent Christian gentleman, and did earnest 
work in the capacity of superintendent of the 
Sabbath-school of the Congregational churcli. 
He was also a prominent member of W'innepe- 
saukee Lodge, A. F. & A. M. 

On June 11, 1865, Mr. Currier married 
Louise Savage, daughter of Major George D. 
Savage, one of Alton's foremost citizens, who 
has served the community in all the more im- 
portant town offices. Mr. and Mrs. Currier had 
two children; namely, John F. and ClKudes L. 
John F., who graduated at Gilmanton Acad- 
emy in 1890, and is at present station agent 
in Alton, was Trustee of the ]niblic library for 
four years, and is active in politics, always 
voting with the Republicans. He is a mem- 
ber of Winnepesaukee Lodge, No. 75, F. 
& A. M. ; of Columbia Chapter at Farming- 
ton, N.H., Royal Arch Masons; and the 
Knights of Honor. The father died June 8, 
1887. He was a kind friend, a good neigh- 
bor, a good counsellor, and an able lawyer; and 

his home was a happy one. The regard in 
which he was held is shown in the following 
extract fr(jm the Currier memorial proceedings 
in the Supreme Court: "No one who had 
opportunity to observe his career as a lawyer 
will dispute his creditable standing in the pro- 
fession. He was well versed in legal knowl- 
edge, was a safe and judicious counsellor and 
adviser, and an able, and at times eloquent, 
advocate. He was loyal to the court, true to 
his clients, and courteous to his professional 
brethren. His word was never tloubted. His 
jiromise he never failetl to keep. He was so 
modest and unassuming in his demeanor that 
to one not intimately acquainted with him he 
might not pass for all he was worth, but to 
those who were more fortunate his modest de- 
portment lent an additional charm to the sim- 
plicity of his character. We are moved with 
sorrow that his familiar face is gone from this 
court now forever. We miss a genial, com- 
lianionable, warm-hearted friend and brother. 
One who saw him often during his long and 
painful illness informs me that he was never 
heard to complain. The fortitude he dis- 
played amid his sufferings may well be called 
heroic. When the ravages of wasting disease 
admonishetl him that his days on earth were 
numbei-ed, he calmly met the great destroyer. 
When he laid aside his chosen profession and 
its opportunities. for further advancement and 
high honors, if he did not do it without regret, 
it was because he was human. As by his life 
he proved himself an able and upright lawyer, 
a courteous gentleman, and a tried and true 
friend, so amid sickness and death, by his 
patient suffering, cheerful resignation, and 
unwavering faith in a better life, he proved 
himself an exemplary and consistent Chris- 

Under the date of May 7, 18S5, Mr. Cur- 
rier wrote in his diary as follows: "The last 


:n I 

wife, boy.' 

A year of (i.irkiics.s and ol iiiglil. 

A year without a ray of liglit. 

No sun, no moon, no star.s 1 see. 

No fireside lamp is lit for me. 

No starry heavens, no azure sky. 

No swan-like clouds go floating by. 

No mountain, river, lake, or plain. 

No wooded hills, no waving grain. 

No autumn tints of gorgeous hues, — 

Cod's grand kaleidoscopic views. 

No matchless painting on the skies. 

At set of sun or at its rise. 

No beautiful grass of velvet green. 

No plant or shrub or tree I've seen. 

No fruit, no flowers of every hue. 

(Their fragrance is denied me, too.) 

The magic charms the seasons bring. 

Of summer, autumn, winter, spring. 

.Mike take on the same dark hue, 

Alike are hidden from my view. 

All books and papers closed to me, 

How much I miss their company! 

The beasts and birds have hid away 

Within the shades that round me lay. 

But, worse than all, this dreadful night 

Has buried all my friends from sight. 

My wife and boys, how near they are ! 

And yet so very, very far. 

Have they much changed within the yeai 

My wife grown old with constant care ? 

Oh, how I hunger for a sight 

Of their dear faces ! If I might 

But .see them only once again, 

And stamp their pictures on my brain, 

I'd pawn my all, I'd penance do, 

I'd suffer twice what I've gone through. 

But, when I strain my eye to see, 

Clrini sits and mocks at me. 

My breath comes quick, my pulse beats 

1 try in vain to 'scape his grasp. 

Still (lod is good: of much bereft, 

A thousandfold there still is left. 

My rea.son still remains with me, — 

A boon far greater than to see. 

Mv pleasant home, my hoys, my wife. 

And countless blessings crown my life. 

Til t hecr and brighten up my home. 
May God grant them his beni.son. 
For all they've said, for all they've doii 
Beyond this darkness and this pain, 
Beyond is sunshine. May I gain 
That heavenly land where all is bright. 
No sighs, no tears, no death, no night! 

§OSEPH H. AVKRV, an entcTprisint; 
business man of Milton, ami an ex- 
niember of the New Hampshire legis- 
lature, was born in Acton, Me., June 29, 1844, 
son of John and Mary (Nealey) Avery. The 
Avery family were early settlers in I'arsons- 
fiekl, Me., and Joseph H. Avery's great-grand- 
father was the first to break a road through the 
woods to that town from Rochester, N.H. 
John Avery has spent the greater part of his 
life in Acton, and has followed the carpenter's 
trade in connection with farming. He is now 
eighty-si.\ years old, antl is still active botli 
mentally and physically. He wedded Mary 
Nealey, a native of Sandwich, N.H., who has 
borne him eight children. Of these live are 
living; namely, Charles, George, Lorenzo, 
Jeremiah, and Joseph H. 

After receiving his education in the schools 
of Acton, Wakefield, and Milton, Joseph H. 
Avery learned the shoemaker's trade in this 
town, and followed it for four years. He ne.xt 
went to Boston, where he worked in a restau- 
rant for three years. In 1 866 he returned to 
Milton, and since that time has had a varied 
as well as a successful business career. At 
different times he has been engaged in tlie 
grocery trade, the grain and flour business, the 
lumber business, the manufacture of excelsior, 
and to some extent in farming. He is now 
in the express business, and is interested in 
real estate. The shoe factory operatetl by 
N. B. Thayer & Co. was erected by him, and 


he constructed the dam on the Salmon I^'alls 
River which supplies it with power. His 
building enterprises have contributed much to 
the town's improvement. He now ranks as 
one of Milton's most enteriirisinj;- and pro>;res- 
sive business men. Politically, he acts with 
the Reiniblican party. He was Chairman of 
the Board of .Selectmen durin-- the years iSS6, 
18S7, and 1888, was Re|)resentative to the leg- 
islature in 1889 and 1890, and was again 
elected a .Selectman in 1896. He has recently 
received the apjiointment as Postmaster of 
Milton. His official duties have always been 
discharged with a zeal and efficiency that have 
earned the hearty commendation of his fellow- 

Mr. Avery has been twice married. By his 
first wife, Theatah (Hanscom) Avery, there 
were two chiklren: Herman, who died at the 
age of nine years; ami Addie, who is the wife 
of O. W. Brown, of Sanfortl, an enterprising 
business man. His present wife, who was 
before marriage ][mma Hanscom, is the 
mother of one daughter, Elsie. Mr. Avery is 
connected with Unity Lodge, F. & A. M., 
of Union, N.H.; and the Ancient Order of 
United Workmen. The family attend the 
Congregational church. 

fOSHUA C. PICKP-.RING, one of the 
oldest business men of Barnstead, where 
he is engaged in the clothing trade, 
was born in this town, March 13, 1S43, son 
of Caleb ant! Pllizabeth (Roberts) Pickering. 
He represents the ninth generation of the 
Pickering family in this country. About the 
year 1633 two men, who were undoubtedly 
cousins, bearing the name of John Pickerin 
(as it was then spelled), came from England 
to this country. One of them settled at Ips- 
wich, Mass. The other, from whom this 

branch of the family has sprung, took u]) his 
residence at Portsmouth, where he died No- 
vember II, 1668. This John had six chil- 
dren; namely, John, Thomas, Rebecca, Abi- 
gail, Mary, and Sarah. Thomas, the second 
son, who tlied in 1719 or 1720, had three sons 
and nine daughters. These were: James, 
Joshua, Thomas, Mary, Sarah, Rebekah, Abi- 
gail, Hazelel, Hannah, Eliza, Martha, and 
Mehitable. James, son of Thomas, born in 
1680, died in 1768, in Newington, N. H. He 
had four sons and one daughter; namely, John, 
Winthrop, Anthony, Thomas, and Abigail. 
Of these, John, who represented the fourth 
generation, and died in Newingtijii in 1790, 
had eight children — Valentine, William, 
Stephen, James, John, Temperance, Sarah, 
and Polly. Temperance married a Hodgdon, 
and Sarah married a Tasker. Stephen, who 
was born in Newington in 1739 anti died in 
1825, in 1 77 1 married Mehitable Gove, and 
came to Barnstead, settling on the south-west 
corner lot, where he spent the remainder of 
his days. His land adjoined the towns of 
Loudon, Gilmanton, and Pittsfield. Stephen 
and Mehitable Pickerin had ten children; 
namely, James, Jacob, Daniel, Andrew, Polly, 
Rosmon D., Abigail, Sally, Lois, and 
Stephen. When the father died, his children, 
of whom the youngest was then forty-five, were 
all at his bedside. He had fifty-four grand- 
children and fifty -nine great-grandchildren. 

James Pickering, the eldest son, represent- 
ing the si.xth generation from John of I'orts- 
mouth, married Mary Philbrook, who bore him 
nine children. Thesewere: John, Jacob. Jon- 
athan, Samuel, Nancy Ann, Sally, Mehitable, 
Betsey, and Levi. The motlier lived to be 
over ninety years old. John, the eldest son, 
married Patty Pease, and had three children — 
John, Mary, and Olive. Mary married Thomas 
Randall, and had two sons and two daughters 


-John, Frank, Olive, and ICvclinc. Her 
sister Ulivc married Tiniotliy Xiiltcr. Jacob, 
the second son of James and Mary (Philbrook) 
Pickerini;, married Rebecca Avery, who bore 
liim six children: namely, Monn)e, Charles, 
Levi, Henrietta, Irene, and Mary Jane. Jon- 
athan I'ickering, the youni^er brother of Jacob, 
married Mliza Foster, and had eight children, 
three sons and five danghters. These were: 
Charles H., Klbridge, Christopher, Ann, 
I.ncy. Sarah, Rosina, and Mary. Nancy Ann, 
the eldest daughter of James and Tvlary Picker- 
ing, married a Mr. Perkins, of Portsmouth, 
and had two sons — Joseph and William. Her 
sister Sally successively married James Avery 
and John Sanborn, ami hatl two children — 
Eunice and Sarah. Mehitable and Betsey re- 
spectively married John Foye and Dudley 
Colbath, and both had children. Samuel Pick- 
ering, the seventh lineal descendant in this 
branch of the family, and the grandfather of 
Joshua C. , married Polly Avery. She bore 
him seven children, of whom three died in 
infancy. Caleb, Joshua, Clarissa, and Caro- 
line attained maturity. Clarissa married 
William Roberts, and had four children — 
Charles, Caroline, Polly, and lictsey. Caro- 
line I'ickcring marrietl Caleb Webster, and 
had three children — Fmma, Clara, and 
Horace. Joshua died in 1S52, aged thirty-five 

Caleb Pickering was engaged in farming 
with his father until the latter's death, when 
the homestead fell to him. Born in 1812, he 
tlied in I'ebruary, 1S94, fourscore years of age. 
p:iizabeth (Roberts) Pickering, his wife, who 
was a daughter of Jonathan and Fllizabeth 
(Foss) Roberts, bore hirii four children — 
Tobias R., Joshua C. . .Mary J., and .Sarah K. 
Tobias R., who married Ada F3vans, had two 
daughters— Ethel and Mary. Mary J., who 
first married Daniel Wright, and after his 

death Eben Hanson, of .Alton, died in March, 
1896. Sarah K. is the wife of William Lock, 
and has three sons and a daughter; namelw 
iM-ank, John, Wayland, and Rosa. 

Joshua C. Pickering acquired his education 
in the district school and at Pittsfleld Acad- 
emy. He learned the trade of a clothier with 
Joshua M. Babcock, with whom he was associ- 
ated for twenty years. F"or seventeen years of 
that time he was a partner of Mr. Babcock. 
Ujion Mr. Babcock's decease in 1881 he un- 
dertook the business alone, and has carried it 
on successfully since. While Mr. Babcock 
was living, the firm conducted a saw-mill for a 
time in addition to their other business. In 
May, 1865, Mr. Pickering was married to Miss 
Ellen M. Grace, a daughter of Moses Grace, 
of North Barnstead. The union has been 
blessed by the birth of five children — Albert 
C, Grace A., Bettie ]., p-annie P., and P'red 
R. Albert C. is married, and has two chil- 
dren; Grace is the wife of George Hillsgrove, 
and has two children; Bettie lives at home; 
F'annie P. is the wife of F>ed Hillsgrove: and 
F'red is attending Pittsfield Academy. Joshua 
C. Pickering represented the town of Barn- 
steail in the New Hampshire legislature in 

ha\-ing been 



Democratic ticket. In the legislature he 
served on the Conmiittees of Roads and 
Bridges and P^ducation. 

A\I1) K STORY, the landlnrd of 
Story's Tavern at The Weirs, La- 
conia, was born in Hopkinton, 
Merrimack County, January 19, 1836, son of 
James K. and Sarah Story. Nathan Story, 
the great-grandfather of David I?., was one of 
the early settlers of Hopkinton, to which he 
went from Flsse.x, Mass., travelling on horse- 
back with his wife and one child. At that 


time the country was ncarl)- al! a wiltlerncss. 
ArriviiiL;' in Ilopkinton, he took up a tract of 
lanil containing one hundred acres, and on it 
built a log hut, which was afterward replaced 
by a frame house. lie lived to be over eighty 
years of age. Five of his six children were 
born ill Hopkinton; namely, William K., 
Lydia, Hannah, .Sarah, b:ienor, and Mary. 

William K., the grandfather of David B., 
remained all his lifetime on the homestead, 
living to be cighty-si.v years of age. Ik^sides 
conducting the farm, he worked at shocmak- 
ing. He married Lydia Knowlton, who lived 
to be eighty-five. They had four children — 
James K., William, .Sarah, and Kliza. Will- 
iam, when young, removed to Newton, N.H., 
where he married and lived until his ileath. 
Sarah married Samuel H. Gale, who died in 
Newton, N.H. She now lives in Hopkinton. 
l-;iiza married Luther M. Tussell. The care 
of the homestead farm fell to James K., who 
still lives there. The residence is the first 
two-story house erected in the town, having 
been built in 1760. While he conducted the 
homestead, his chief occupation for forty years 
was that of wholesale cigar dealer, having a 
route between Cambridgeport, Mass., and 
Hopkinton. His political allegiance is given 
to the Democrats. Li addition to serving the 
jiuljlic in a number of minor town offices, he 
represented Hoiikinton in the New Ham])shire 
legislature in 1856 and 1.S57. Sarah Story, 
his wife, is a member of the Congregational 
church. They have had five children ; namely, 
David Ji, John, James IL, George M., and 
Annette. John died in infancy, and James H. 
died in boyhood. George M., living in Goffs- 
town, N,H., is a veterinary physician. An- 
nette, the wife of C. II. Sanborn, lives in 
Watertown, Mass. 

■David R. Story attended the district schools 
of his native place and Ilopkinton Academy. 

Finishing his academy course in 1855 at the 
age of nineteen years, he went into the meat 
business in Concord, and leniained in trade 
there until 1S64. He then purchased the 
Perkins House at Ho|ikinton, which he con- 
ducted until it was burned in 1872. After 
that he bought the Mount Relknap House in 
Lakeport, N.IL, where he remained four 
years. In 1876 he came to Laconia and 
bought the City Hotel, of which he was pro- 
prietor for four years. He purchased Hotel 
Weirs in 18S0, and conducted it until i8(jo. 
Since then he has ha<l Story's Tavern at The 
Weirs. He has been very popular in both his 
business and social relations. 

On February 4, 1857, Mr. Story and Miss 
Sarah J. I'rench were united in marriage. 



Benjamin !•■ 


Boston. Of the five children born to them, 
James IL, Fred W., Charles F. , and Benjamin 
V. are living, and are successful business men. 
Charles V is a piaint and oil dealer in Laconia ; 
James II. is in the drug business in this city; 
and l''red W. has a variety store here in La- 
conia. Benjamin, a paper-hanger and deco- 
rator, is in Boston, where he does a contract 
business, and employs from fifteen to twenty- 
five men. Ada, the only daughter, died when 
eighteen years of age. In pcditics Mr. Story 
is a Democrat. I'or a number of years he was 
Deputy Sheriff of Merrimack County. In 
1872 he was appointed to the same office in 
Belknaji Countw and therein served continu- 
ously until 1888. From 1S82 to 1886 he 
was also High Sheriff of Belknap County. 
While occupying this office it was his unpleas- 
•ant duty to e.\ecute, by hanging, Thomas^ 
Sanian, the triple murderer of Laconia, he 
being the C)nly man ever hung that was sen- 
tencetl by the courts of this county. In 18S1 
and 1882 he was Selectman of Laconia. In 
1896, though a Democrat, he was elected to 






of I 





State leyislatui-c from a Repulilican ward, 
is now serving in the Laconia City Coun- 
A nnniher of times at the meetings of 
(1 One he has acted as Moderator. Mr. 
y is a member of Chicora Lodge, No. 51, 
.ai^ejiort, Laconia ICncampment, and Can- 
Osgood, of Laconia, I. O. O. F. He is 
a member of the Knights of Honor and of 

Weirs Grange, \o. 24S, in wliich he is 

Worthy Ahister. 

-A1\H'..S A. Ml 

R, who has fignrcd 
le public affairs of 
^sii/ New Durham foi' a number of \ears, 
was born in Milton, N.H., in 1S33, son of 
Richard and I'anlina (Hussejl) Miller. His 
great-grandfather, Mark, and his grandfather, 
Henry Miller, were both born in Newington, 
N. H., and both settled in Milton. The latter 
served as a soldier in the War of 181 2. 

Richard Miller, father of James A., was 
born in Milton, and reared to agricultural pur- 
suits. b"or many years he owned and culti- 
vated a good farm in New Durham ; but the 
last five years of his life were .spent in ]<"arm- 
ington, N.H. In pcditics he voted with the 
Democratic jiarty. He married I'anlina Bus- 
sell, a native of Acton, Me., and reared a 
family of si.\ children, all of whom are living. 
Richard Miller died at the age of ninety 
years, four months, and twenty-one days. 

James A. Miller, the chief subject of this 
sketch, received a common-school education; 
and when old enough he began to assist his 
father in carrying on the farm. He has al- 
ways resided upon his present projierty, which 
consists of sixty-seven acres of productive 
land; and he carries on general farming and 
dairying. He is one of the active supporters 
of the Democratic party in this town, and has 
filled with abilitvall <.f the principal offices. 

He has been a member of the ]5oard of .Select- 
men nineteen years in all, and has acted as its 
Chairman for nine years of that time. He 
was Ta.\' Collector for two years. Town Treas- 
urer for one term, was Overseer of the I'oor, 
and represented this town in the legislature in 
1867. He also formerly acted as a Justice of 
the Peace. 

Mr. Miller married for his wife Lydia 
M. Hayes, who bore him two children — 
Henry K and I'"lorence A., the last named 
being the wife of Charles Conner, of I'arniing- 
ton. His jiresent wife was before marriage 
Klla J. Glidden, of New Durham; and by this 
second union there are five children — Flora 
P., James A., Jr., Ivichard, G rover C. , and 
Gladys E. Mr. and Mr.s. Miller attend the 
liaptist church. 

OR FN S. FERNALD, an energetic 
and prosjierous agriculturist of Lee, 
Strafford County, N.IL, was born 
in Nottingham, Rockingham County, October 
19, 1859, son of John K. and Sarah W. F. 
(Thompson) I'ernald. He received a common- 
school education, and remained at home on the 
farm until attaining his majority. He then 
w^ent to Dover, N. H., where he was employetl 
for seven years in the office of \\ Mathes. 
Later he returned to Nuttingham and i)ur- 
chased a farm, which he successfully managed 
until 1 89 1. He then came to Lee and pur- 
chased his present farm, which contains one 
hundred and fifty acres, and is located on the 
road from Dover to Lee, five miles south-east 
of Dover. Its thriving condition attests Mr. 
Fernald's abilit\' as a practical farmer. In 
politics Mr. Fernald indorses the princijdes of 
the Republican party. While a resident of 
Nottingham, he served the town efficiently as 
Supervisor; and in March, 1896, he was 



elected Chairman nf tlie lioard (if Selectmen 
of T,ee. 

In i,S,S5 Mr. ]'"crnal(l married Cylena A. 
Demerritt, who has borne him six children—^ 
Harold L., Carl S. , lulna F., Willis, 1-rank, 
and John I. Mr. l<"ernald is identified with 
Mount Pleasant Lodge, I. O. O. V. ; helongs 
to the Improved Order of Red Men ; and also 
officiates as Treasurer of Lee Grange, having 
served in that capacity three years. 

()]5IAS HAM, who owns and occupies 
a good farm <ni Meredith Neck, was 
born in Portsmouth, N.IL, P'ebruary 
i^^, 1S24, son of .Samuel and Caroline (Odi- 
orne) Ham. His grandfather. Captain Tobias 
Ham, a master mariner hailing from Ports- 
nmuth, while sailing his schooner off Seabroak 
ISeaeh in the year i Soo, was knocked over- 
board by a swinging boom, and was drowned. 
Samuel Ham, born in Portsmouth, I'ebru- 
ary 23, 1794, grew to manhood as a farmer, 
and followed that occu|iation during the active 
period of his life. In 1S37 he succeeded to 
the Ham homestead, and his last days were 
spent upon the old place. In politics he was 
originally a Democrat, but later he v(.)ted with 
the Republican party. His wife, Caroline, 
who was a native of New Castle, N.H., be- 
came the mother of twelve children, ten of 
whom lived to maturity. These were: Will- 
iam 1'"., who resides in Portsmouth; Tobias, 
the subject of this sketch; Sylvester, Charles 
K., and George IL, who are deceased ; Joseph 
O. and Benjamin O., who are residents of 
Portsmouth; I\Iary Caroline, also deceased; 
Ann Maria, the wife of Charles Gray, of 
Portsmouth; and Robert M., of that city. 
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Ham were Second Ad- 
ventist.s in their religions views. 

Tobias Ham attended the district schoids, 

and resided upon the home farm until he was 
seventeen years old. He then began to serve 
an apprenticeshii) at the lilacksmith's trade. 
After following it for four years, he went to 
work in a machine shop, and was there em- 
ployed until y\pril 12, 1S72. He then turned 
his attention to agricultural pursuits, and, 
purchasing his present farm, has since lieen 
quite successful in raising the usual crops of 
his locality. Politically, he is a stanch Re- 
publican, but take.s no active part in public 
affairs beyond casting his vote. 

On November 24, 1S51, Mr. Ham married 
Hannah Randall, daughter of James Ranchill, 
of Centre Harbor, N.Il. ; and he has one 
daughter living — luiinia I']tta, now the wife 
of George N. P:aton, of Meredith. James 
Randall, who was born in Harnstead, N.IL, 
spent the greater part of his life upon a farm 
at Centre Harbor. He and his wife, Lydia 
(Bean) Randall, reared a family of ten chil- 
dren, namely; Aaron, James, Haven, Sally, 
John, Ann, Lydia, Hannah, Oliver, and Ben- 
jamin. (.)liver and ]>enjaniin are now de- 
ceased. Mr. and Mrs. Ham are members of 
the Free Will Baptist church. 

RASTUS A. CRAWI'ORD, senior mem- 
ber of the firm of Crawford, Tolles & 
Co., of Dover, N.H., carries on, 
without doubt, the most extensive insurance 
business of any firm in this State. He was 
born March 28, 1824, in Norfolk, St. Law- 
rence County, N. Y., a son of luastus and Lois 
(Allen) Crawford. 

Erastus Crawford was born and reared to 
man's estate in the White Mountain region of 
New Hampshire, where his father, Abel Craw- 
ford, was one of the and hardiest ]3io- 
neers. In early manhood Erastus Crawford, 
crossing the Green Mountain State, went to 


St. Lawrence County, New \'ork. Soon after 
his marriage he estalilishcd himself as a 
farmer in Norfnli<, where he carrictl on his 
chosen occiii)ation until his imtimely ileath in 
May, 1824, at the age of thirty-three years. 
Mis wife, whose maiden name was Lois Allen, 
was born in Madrid, St. Lawrence County, 
N.Y. After a few years of widowhood she 
married George A. Langworthy. She lived 
to the age of forty-eight years. By her first 
marriage two children were born, namely: 
L:rastus A., the sjiecial subject of this sketch; 
and Festus. 

I'lrastus A. Crawford, soon after the death 
of his father, became an inmate of the house- 
hold of his paternal grandfather, the venerable 
Abel Crawford, in honor of wh(,.m the Notch 
in the White Mountains received its name. 
The grandfather was the first white settler at 
liemis, Carroll County, this State, and cleared 
the land now occupied by Bern is station. For 
many years he was proprietor of the Mount 
Crawford tavern, a ]iopular hostelry in the old 
stage days. Lie was familiar with all sections 
of that jiait of tlie country, traversing it on 
foot and horselxick ; and, according to an arti- 
cle by Julius IL Ward, "the first horse that 
ever climbed the rocks of Mount Washington 
had for a rider Abel Crawford, who was then, 
in 1840, seventy-five years old, and who sat 
proudly upon his noble animal, with head un- 
covered, while the wind played lightly with 
his silver locks." With thi.s "veteran pilot 
of the hills," as he has been named, the young 
Erastus was reared, attending the district 
schools of Bartlett in his youth, assisting his 
grandfather in the hotel, and also acting as a 
guide through the mountains, this being before 
there were any roads to the summit of Mount 
Washington. When twenty years old, became 
to Strafford County, and for a year pin'sued his 
studies at the academv in Rochester. Going 

then into a cotton-mill at Great Falls, he 
began working in the lowest jiosition, was 
gradLially prcnnoted from one rank to another, 
finally being appointed overseer of one depart- 
ment. At the end of twelve years his health 
failed, and he had to seek other business. 
(/)]iening a meat and provision store, he con- 
tinued in Great Falls, now Somersworth, 
for some time, after which he drove the stage 
from Union \'illage to North Conway until 
1870. In that year Mr. Crawford established 
himself in the fire insurance business in 
Somersworth, carrying it on successfully until 
coming to Dover, in 1885. Having tlien 
formed a partnership with Mr. Tolles, the 
firm have continued conducting a flourishing 
business. 'I'hey represent about twenty of the 
leading fire, life, and accident insurance com- 
panies of the Ignited States, and are State 
agents for the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance 
Company of Newark, N.J., the territory cov- 
ered by them including not only the counties 
adjoining Strafford, but York County, Maine. 

On December -4, 1846, Mr. Crawford mar- 
ried Miss Jane S. Lorter, of Somersworth, 
N.LI. She was born February 11, 1820, and 
passed to the life eternal March 14. 1S96. 
The only child born of their union was a son, 
Charles A., who died when young. 

Mr. Crawf<ird -ivas one of the founders of the 
Republican party, of which he has ever since 
been a stanch supporter. He takes an active 
and intelligent interest in the welfare of his 
adopted city, in the government of which be 
has served two years, the second year being 
an Alderman. In 1892 he was elected a Rep- 
resentative to the General Coint from Ward 
Two. He is a Master Mason, belonging to 
the Moses Paul Lodge, F. & A. M., of Dover; 
and he is also connected with Washington 
Lodge, I. (). (). I'., of Somersworth. Mr. 
Crawford is an active mendier of the Meth- 


odist Episcopal church, having united witli 
that (Icnominatiiin nearly half a ccntur}' ago, 
and Idr fifteen years has heen sn])erinteiulent 
of the Sunday-school ; while for lifty-two 
years he has acted as class leader. lie was 
a lay delegate from the New Hampshire 
Methodist Conference to the session of the 
General Conference in New \'oik in iSSS; 
and in i.SSN; he was a delegate to the World's 
Sunday-school Convention hehl in London, 

^^^MITII NLAL was one of Sanhorn- 
^/\ ton's most esteemed residents. He 
,— C^ was horn in Meredith, N.H., i-eh- 
ruary i6, i Sor,, son of Joseph and Hannah 
(Smith) Neal. It is helieved that he was a 
descendant of the Neals of Dean, Allesley 
Park, one of whom, John Neal, married the 
daughter of Henry Cromwell, wdio was a near 
relative of ( )liver Cromwell. His grandfather, 
Thomas Neal, an I'jiglishman hy hirth, who 
settled in Kittery, Me., served as a soldier in 
the Revolutionary War. The maiden name of 
Thomas Neal's wife was l^etsey Haley. Jo- 
seph Neal, horn in Kittery, March 23, 1762, 
in common with his hrother.s, was ohliged to 
hegin earning his li\-ing at an early age. He 
afterward settled in Meredith, N. IL, then a 
wilderness, where he eventually hecamc the 
owner of a good farm. His wife, Hannah, 
hecamc the mother of eight children, namely: 
William, John, Pelsey, Mary, Hannah, Jo- 
seph, Smith, and Irene. (Jf the numher, 
Irene, who was horn in 1N13, is the only sur- 

Smith Neal acquired a gond practical educa- 
tion. When a young man he turned his atten- 
tion to agriculture. He succeeded to the 
possession of the homestead in Meredith, and 
resided there until after Iiis marriage, when he 
sold the property. In the spring of 1855. he 

honght the farm which is now owned hy his 
daughter, Mrs. Mary K. Hanaford, and re- 
sided here for the rest of his life. He devoted 
much attention to the raising of cattle, partic- 
ularly o.\en, and acquired a wide reputation as 
a hrecder of those animals. h^ir seven years 
he owned what is known as (hivernor's Island, 
comprising five hundietl a( les of land ; and he 
impro\ed one hundred and si.\t\'-rive acres of 
it for agricultural innposes. In politics he 
was a Heniocrat, hut ne\er aspired to ]ndilic 

On Deccmher 20, i,S52, Mr. Neal was 
united in UKirriage with Sarah hdizaheth 
Smith, daughter of Nicholas Smith, of New 
Hampton, N. II. The only child (,f this union 
is Mary E. Mrs. Smith Neal was a memher 
of the Second I5aptist Church of Sanhornton. 
On January i, i8go, Mary K. Neal was joined 
in marriage with John P. Hanaford. He was 
born in New Hampton, N. 11. , Seplend)er 16, 
1853, son of Nath.micl P. and /.ulema W. 
(Prescott) Winthrop Hanaford, 
grandfather of Jolm 1'., one ,.f the best known 
residents of New IIam|iton and much re- 
spected for his high moial character, died in 
March, 1896, at the age of ninety-three vears. 
He was a man of unusual activity, e\'en in 
extreme old age. In IJeccmher, i8()5, he sus- 
tained a fracture of the leg. The diiect cause 
of his death was pneumonia. Nathaniel P. 
Hanaford, John ]'. Hanaford's father, was horn 
in New Hampton, October 28, 1827. He re- 
sided in this State until 1862, when he moved 
to Chadwick, Carroll County, 111., where he is 
now engaged in farming arid in raising stand- 
ard-bred hor.scs. John P. Hanaford accom- 
panied his parents to Illinois, but returned 
later to his native State to attend the New 
Hampton Literary Institute, completing his 
studies with a business course at a commer- 
cial college in Milwaukee, Wis. He is now 


engaged in thu hardware luisincss in Chadwick, 
,vlK-re he has recently finislied the ereetinn of 
1 line hnsiness Ijlock, and where he is also 
nlerested with his father in horse-breeding. 

^osi-:s \viiittiI':r ci.kmhnt, 

wlio for tlie greater ]5art of his 
long and active life was engaged 
in agricultural pursuits in Rnllinsford, was 
born in this town, January 8, iSiS, son of 
James and Hannah (Hussey) Clement. James 
Clement, Sr., grandfather of Moses, and a pio- 
neer settler of Rollinsford, came from luigland 
with his three brothers in a boat they had 
built themselves. One of them died on the 
way. James settled first at Dover Neck, but 
later came to Rollinsford, where he became 
the owner of a very large tract of land. He 
married lietsey Tibbits. Their son, James 
Clement, Jr., was born on the Rollinsford 
homestead, and received his education in the 
common schools. He carried on a large busi- 
ness in raising cattle and sheep. He fought 
as a siddier in the War of 1S12, being sta- 
tioned at Tortsmouth, and subsequently drew^ 
a ]iension from the go\-ernment for honorable 
services. His wife, Hannah Hussey Clement, 
was a sister of the mother of John G. Whit- 
tier; and Mr. Moses Clement was both a 
cousin and a close friend of the famous poet. 
Mrs. Clement, like her distinguished brother, 
was a member of the -Society of Friends. She 
was the mother of the following named chil- 
dren: Edward, Moses, Sarah (twin sister of 
Mcses), James, Oliver, Klizabetb, George, and 

Moses Whittier Clement resided all his life 
on the home farm, which he bought when he 
married, with the exception of a few years 
before his marriage, when he worked at shoe- 
making in one of the large manufactories at 

Haverhill, Mass. His principal crops were 
potatoes and corn, and he kejit but a small 
herd of cows. He was a hale and vigorous 
man for one of his years. In 1896 he loaded 
all the hay cut on the farm, the annual harvest 
of which is about twenty tons, and trimmed 
out after the mowing machine. He died suil- 
denly of heart trouble, January 29, i S97. 

Mr. Clement married Miss IClizabeth 
Hooper, daughter of John Hooper, of Tufton- 
boro. She bore him five children, namely: 
Abbie; Elizabeth, who tlied in infancy: 
George, the first son, who died wdien nineteen 
years of age; Elizabeth (the second of the 
name), who married James Whitehouse, and 
resides in South Berwick, Me.; and Herbert 
Clement, who now carries on the farm, about 
thirty-five acres of which is tillage land, 
and is under high cultivation. ;\Irs. Moses 
Clement died January 13, 189.4, at the age of 
seventy-five years. She was a devoted mem- 
ber of the Methodist Episcopal church, and 
her husband was one of the Trustees of the 
society. In politics Mr. Clement was a life- 
long Republican. Though never an office- 
seeker, he was a member of the School Com- 
mittee for many years, and at one time held 
the office of Road Surveyor. In these posi- 
tions he served the public interests faithfully 
and efficiently and to the general satisfaction 
of the townspeople. His son Herbert is a 
member of Washington Lodge, I. O. O. F., 
of Somersworth, in which he is Past Grand. 

JACKSON, of Centre Harbor, is 
a native of this town, an<l a 
daughter of the Rev. Almon and Rhoda A. 
(Roys) Benson. Her grandfather was I'lben- 
ezer 15enson, wdio passed the greater part of 
his life in Jericho, \'t. 


Tlie Rev. Almnn ISensoii, born in Jericho, 
June :;, iSiO, \v;is educated at the Gilnianton 
(N. II.) Academy and Theological .Seminary, 
and was ordained a Congregational preacher. 
.Soon after his ordination he came to Centre 
Harbor to supply the pulpit for a sliort time, 
and made such a fa\'orable impression that, at 
the conclusion of the serx-icc on the second 
.Sunday of his stay, he was unanimously called 
to the pastorate by the societ)'. He was in- 
stalled December 2, 1840, as the first settled 
Congregational minist'.'r in Centre llai'bor. 
As the result of his diligent labor and influ- 
ence among the people, the church multiplied 
in membership. At tlie close of a protracted 
revival service held in iS43,all hut thi'ce chil- 
dren over twelve years old, belonging to 
attendants and members, were converted and 
added to its fold. As his salary was not suffi- 
cient to support him, he engaged in farming, 
tilling the soil four days in the week, and 
spending b^ddays and .Saturdays in his stud)'. 
He acquired considerable real estate as the 
result of his farming operations. After filling 
the pulpit here for many years, he retired from 
his pastoral duties, and engaged in the busi- 
ness of entertaining summer boarders. In 
|)olitics he was a Rei-iublican. He served as 
a memliei- of the School Board for some time, 
anil represented this town in the legislature 
for two terms. His death occurred Septemlier 
14, 1884. Rhoila A. (Roys) Jackson, his 
wife, was a daughter of Samuel Roys, of what 
is now Ivaston, N.H. She was a ]iupil of 
Mary Lyon at the Mount Ilolyoke Seminary. 
After comiileting her education she taught 
schonl until her marriage. .She became the 
mother of four children ; namely, Julitta K., 
I-'.li/abeth, Rufus A. R., and Theoilocia C. 
Rufus A. R. resides in Somerville, Mass.; 
and Theodocia C. is now tl]e wife of George 
K. Hart, of South ISoston. Mr. Hart, who for 

eleven years was pianoforte tuner in the jiublic 
schools of Iloston, is now teacher of tuning at 
the IVrkins Institution for the lilind in .South 
I'.oston, of which he is a graduate. Mrs. 
Almon Henson died b\-biuaiy 20, 1896, aged 
seventy -eight )ears. 

I'LIizabeth Iknson was graduated from Mount 
Ilolyoke Seminary in 1871, and immediately 
entered upon her career as ;in educator. She 
taught for two years in Rouge, Ra. ; for 
one year in Janesville, Wis.: for seven years 
in Massachusetts; and for two years she kept 
a private school in Centre Harbor. On Sep- 
tember 10, 1896, she marrii'd William C. 
Jackson. He was born in what is now Madi- 
son, N.H., March 7, 1843. His parents were 
Caleb and Cathrine (Keneson) Jackson, both 
natives of Madison. His great-grandfather 
was James Jackson, M.D., and his grandfather 
was Daniel Jackson, who resided in Madison, 
then called Eaton. In his younger days 
Daniel Jackson was a carpenter, and later a 
farmer. He was prominent as a member of 
the Free liaptist church, and he lived to be 
seventy years old. He married Aldgai] Mer- 
rill, daughter of Thomas Merrill, of Conway, 
N. H., and became the father of seventeen 
children, eleven of whom giew to matuiity. 
She was an active member of the b'ree IS.iptist 
church. Thomas Merrill, who was Imrn in 
Concord, X.H., April 14, 1748, married Han- 
nah Ambrose, of that t"wn. His father, 
Thomas Merrill (first), born in Haverhill, 
Mass., b'ebruary 25, 172,:;, settled in Concord, 
N.H., in 1765, and was the first Town Clerk 
ami the first Justice of the Peace in that town. 
The first ancestor of the Merrill family of 
whom there is any record was John Merrill, 
who was born in Haverhill, April 14, 1704. 
He was one of the first settlers of Concord, 
and was chosen a Deacon of the Congrega- 
tional church in 1730. Caleb Jackson, father 


of William C, was a ]-)rospcr<ni.s farmer, who 
also followed the trade of carpenter. He 
owned farms, and resided at different times in 
Madison, Centre Harbor, Moultonboro, Sand- 
wich, and Tamworth. lie was known and re- 
spected as an industrii)us, u|iri<;ht man, ami 
for many years was a member of the Congrega- 
tional church. He died in Tamworth, Febru- 
ary 16, i,S,S2, ay;ed seventy -eight years and six 

William C. Jackson was brought to Centre 
Harbor by his parents when he was an infant. 
After receiving his education in this town, he 
learned the shoemaker's trade, and also as- 
sisted his father in carrying on the farm. At 
the age of twenty-one he learned photography, 
and was subsequently engaged in that business 
for himself until rSSi. He then sold out,, 
and has since been proprietor of a jewelry 
store in this town. In jiolitics he is a Re- 
publican. He has been identified with the 
Congregational church as clerk and ti'easurer 
for some years. Mrs. Jackson is a lady of 
more than usual activity, and takes a deep in- 
tcn.'st in any charitable or religious movement 
to which she can be of assistance. She is 
Secretary of the Centre Harb'ir Library 
ciation and a member of the Congregational 

©SCAR ALONZO L0UGI':F., one of 
the most prominent merchants of La- 
eonia, was born in this city, October 
28, 1857, son of True Worthy and Abbie R. 
((Oilman) Lougee. A rei^resentative of an old 
Xevv Hampshire family of Colonial origin, he 
traces his genealogy directly to John Lougee, 
who was a native of the Isle of Jerse_\-. In 
the reign of Queen Anne, between the years 
1703 and 1713, John Lougee emigrated to this 
country, and settled in New Hampshire. 
Some time after he was carried off bv the Ind- 

ians. He subsequently escaped from cajitiv- 
ity, passed the rest of his life in l':.\eter, and 
died at the age of seventy-seven. When he 
was eighteen years old he wedded Marv, 
daughter of Moses Oilman, of New Market, 
and afterward reared a family of eight chil- 
dren. John Lougee (second), eldest son of 
John (first), settled with his brother, Gilman, 
in Gilmanton, N.ll. He sucessively married 
Molly Leavitt, Susan Hull, and Mrs. Judith 
Deal, and died at the advanced age of ninety- 
four years. By his first two marriages he had 
fifteen children. Tiie ne.xt in line was Jo.seph 
Lougee, born in Gilmanton, June J.S, 1751, 
who was a car])enter and a farmer, possessed 
unusual physical powers, and died in Gilman- 
ton, February 16, 1.845. It is told of Josejih 
that, when ninety years old, he assisted in 
moving a barn. His first wife was before 
marriage Apphia Swazey. His second mar- 
riage was contracted November 4, 17S0, with 
Miriam Fogg, wdio was born March 28, 1757. 
He had thirteen children: namelv, I^isha, 
Polly, Apphia, I'.dly (second), Sally. Sally 
(second), John h'ogg, Anna, Joseph, Seth, 
Daniel, Samuel Dearborn, and Apphia (sec- 
ond). At his de.ath he left ten children, 
forty-five grandchildren, and si.\ty-five great- 

l':iisha Lougee (first), great-grandfather of 
the subject of this sketch, was born in Gil- 
manton, July 3, 1772. In 179S he settled in 
Sanbornton, and first occupied the jiropei-t}- in 
the square now owned by S. G. Abbott. I're- 
vious to 1 8 10 he removed to the Thomas place, 
where his son I'LIisha now resides. I-'or many 
years he followed the carpenter's trade, at 
which he was quite an expert, and usually had 
a number of apprentices under instruction. 
He was a man of considerable prominence in 
his da_\', and served as a Lieutenant in the 
State militia. His death occurred in San- 


bornton, December 23, 1S43. In 1793 he 
nianiecl Anna Lurd, a native of I'Lxeter, who 
(lied November 17, 1 S60, ai;ed eighty-two 
years. Her chihhen were: Charles, Mary, 
l':iisha, I':iizabetii, Ann, and Joseph. I':iisha 
Lougee (second), grandfather of Oscar A., was 
l^orn in Sanbornton, March 15, iSoo. In 
early manhood he engaged in farming in his 
native town. At a later date he moved to 
Northfield Centre, and still later to l.aconia, 
where he was engaged in tilling the soil for 
fourteen years. He finally returned to his old 
farm in Sanbornton, and is still residing 
there. Grandfather h'.lisha Lougee has been 
twice married. On September 4, 1823, he 
was wedded to Thirza I'hilbrook, daughter of 
Deacon David I'hilbrook, by the Rev. I'eter 
Clark. She died July 21, 1866, aged si.xty- 
two years; and on May 15, 1867, he married 
Pamelia A. Glines, of Northfield. Born of 
his first union were: True Worthy, Sarah 
Jane, Thirza I'hilbrook, and .Samuel l'\'rnald. 
True Worthy Lougee, father of Oscar A., was 
born in Sanbornton, (Jctober 13, 1825. His 
chief occupation was that of a carpenter, and 
the greater part of his life was spent in La- 
conia. He served as a private in the Twelfth 
Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers, during 
the Civil War. After his discharge from the 
army he continued to reside here until his 
death by apople.x)- on July 21, 1879. He was 
a member of the I-'ree Will Baptist church. 
His wife, Abbie, whom he married in 1853, 
was born in Bethlehem, N.H. She became 
the mother of three sons, namely: Frank Her- 
bert, who was born March 4, 1855; Oscar A., 
the subject of this sketch; and Orman True, 
who was born May 25, 1861. 

Oscar Alonzo Lougee graduated from the 
Laconia High School in 1875. Immediately 
after he became a clerk in the dry -goods and 
carpet store of George W. Weeks, and was 

subsequently employed in that capacity until 
March, 1877. 'I'hen, in company witli his 
brother, F. H. Lougee, and S. B. Smith, he 
engagedjn business, under the firm name of 
Smith, Lougee Brothers & Co. In 1881 the 
firm became known as Lougee Brothers, and 
in 1884 Orman T. Lougee was admitted to 
partnersliip. Iiiisiness increased to such an 
extent as to oblige them to establish them- 
selves in their present location in December, 
1S85. Since then they have had to make addi- 
tions to their floor space, including an anne.x 
twenty b}' forty feet, erected in the spring of 
i8<)0, and a large storehouse, sixty by forty 
feet, erected in the fall of 1896. Dealing in 
dry and fancy goods, carpets, furnitiu'c, beti- 
ding, etc., they carry one of the largest stocks 
in Laconia. The firm has also a large store 
in St. Johnsbury, Vt. 

Mr. Lougee attends the Free Baptist church. 
In politics he is a l^epul.l ican and an earnest 
advocate of the g.dd standard. He represented 
Ward Imhu- in the Commiju Council of Laconia 
in 1895 ami 1896, serving upon the Committee 
on h'inance for both years. He is connected 
with Mount Lebanon Lodge, No. ^2, ]•". & 
A. M.; with Winnepesaukee Lodge. No. 7, 
I. O. O. v.; and with Laconia I';ncami)menl, 
of which he is Patriarch. 

The business ability Mr. Lougee has shown 
himself to be possessed of gives promise of 
still greater success than he has yet won. 

SOSI'M'H II. F1';RNALI), who is engaged 
in agricultural pursuits in the town ol 
Dover, N.H., was born in 1S29 in 
Alexandria, Grafton Comity, this State, a son 
of J(jseph and Lydia (Feniald) Fernald. 
When he was an infant his ]3arents removed to 
Strafford County, locating in the town of ]5ar- 
rington; and a few years later they settled in 


Durham, going from there, when he was a lail 
of twelve years, to the town of Madbury. He 
was eihicated in the public schools of Durham 
aiul Mailbury, and grew to manhood in the 
latter place. When about twenty years of 
age, being desirous of learning some useful 
trade, and being somewhat of a mechanic, he 
came to Dover, and here served an apjirentice- 
ship of two years and a half with a carpenter, 
lie subsequently worked at his trade in this 
vicinity for about four years, making his home 
successively in Madbury and Durham. In 
1854 he went to Lawrence, Mass., and from 
there, in the fcdlmving spring, to California, 
making the trip by way of the Isthmus of 
Panama. Going directly to San Francisco, he 
there readily found employment at carpenter- 
ing. After remaining si.x years in California, 
he returned to his native State, and settled in 
Madbury, where he followed his early vocation 
until i8,S8, doing a large amount of work in 
that locality. Coming thence to Dover, he 
has since given his attention to farming, hav- 
ing a farm of eighteen acres; antl, besides rais- 
ing fruit, vegetables, hay, and some grain, he 
has a small dairy. During the eight or more 
years that he has been engaged in his present 
occupation he has met with exceptionally 
good results, the skilful and systematic 
methods with which he carries on his work 
bringing him due rew\ard. Politically, he is a 
stanch adherent of the principles promulgated 
by the Democratic party; and he is in all 
thin''s a true and loyal citizen. 

'IDNEY 15. IIAVi:S, clerk and pay- 
master of the Cocheco Woollen 
Manufacturing Company at East 
Rochester, was born June 16, 1850, in the 
town of Strafford, son of Charles II. Hayes. 
He traces his descent to i)ioneer stuck. His 

great-grandfather on the paternal side removeil 
to Strafford from ]5arrington in the early part 
of the eighteenth century, transporting his 
household goods in an o.\ cart, and making the 
journey of ten miles through the woods. 
After settling in Strafford, Great-grandfather 
Hayes engagetl in clearing a tract of land; and 
in the humble log cabin built by his owmi 
hands his children, including Joseph, the 
grandfather of Sidney IL, were born. 

Charles H. Hayes was born and reared in 
Strafford, and in his younger days was there en- 
gaged in general farming and dairying. Later 
in life he became connected with the Cocheco 
Woollen Manufacturing Company of East Roch- 
ester, where he spent his declining years, dy- 
ing in i8g[. He was a man of good business 
ability, and was highly respected for his man- 
liness and integrity. He took no active part 
in town or county affairs, but he was a loyal 
supporter of the principles of the Republican 
party. He married Miss Sarah J. Foss, of 
Rochester, who bi.ire him three children, 
namely: George L., now of Maiden, Mass.; 
Mary E., the wife of the Rev. H. II. iMcnch, 
also of Maiden; and Sidney I!., the subject of 
this sketch. 

Sidney B. Hayes obtained his elementary 
education in the public schools of Strafford. 
He subsequently attended the Maine State 
Seminary at Lewiston and the lulward Little 
Institute of Auburn, Me., graduating from the 
commercial department of the latter in 1869. 
Mr. Hayes then became a clerk in the dry- 
goods store of S. H. Feineman & Brother, of 
Rochester, remaining eighteen months in their 
employ. He resigned that situation to enter 
the oi'fice of the Cocheco Woollen Manufact- 
uring Company in his present responsible 
capacity, the duties of which he has since dis- 
charged in a manner that has given the utmost 
satisfaction. Mr. Hayes takes great interest 


in local affairs. IJcsiclcs serving as a member 
of tlie School Board for three years, he rejire- 
sented Rochester in the State legislature in 
1876 and 1877. In 1896 Ward One unani- 
nunisly electetl him to tiie City Council fur a 
term of three years. Tiiis was an empliatic 
expression of the esteem in wJMch his fellow- 
citizens hold liim. 

Mr. Hayes was first married Novemljcr k), 
1872, to Miss Emma A. Stone, of Soutli Ber- 
wick, Me. After a happy wedded life of 
twenty years she died, leaving no children. 
On October 31, 1895, Mr. Hayes contractetl a 
second marriage witli Mrs. Rosa A. Gowell, 
of Pittsfield, Me. He was made a Mason in 
Humane Lodge, No. 21, V. & A. M., of 
Rochester; and he is now a member of Teinple 
Chapter, R. A. M., of that place. He is 
likewise an Odd Fellow of prominence, be- 
longing to Cochcco Lodge, No. 39, of East 
Rochester, of wdiich he is now Treasurer; and 
to the Norway Plains iMicanipment of Roches- 
ter. He is one of the trustees of the Meth- 
odist l{pisc(.)pal church and the superintendent 
of its Sunilay-school. 

Rh:i) ]•:. BI-RRY, who is quite hugely 
gcd in geneial fanning in Barn 
stead, was born here, October 30, 1857, 
son of Ira L. and Lavinia E. (Drew) Berry. 
On April 19, 1827, I'liphalet Berry, father of 
Iia L., came fmm Strafford, this State, to 
Barnstead, and settled on a forty-acre tract of 
land, wiiich now forms a part of tlie farm 
owned by his grandson. This land was a por- 
tion of the large tract purchased by John Drew ; 
and the house thereon was bui'lt l)y I'lijah 
Drew, one of John Drew's sons. Elii)halel 
died December 13, 1859, aged about si.\ty-two 
years. He was the father of four children, 
namely: Ira L. , Eliza Ann, Lucy, and Will- 

iam. The daughters died young. William, 
who enlisted in Company H of the Twelfth 
New Hampshiie Regiment, in which he be- 
came a Corporal, was woundeil at the battle <if 
Chancellorsville, so that he died shortly alter. 
He left a widow, Josephine (l-:vans) Berry, 
who afterward married C.eorge Carver, of 
Havre de Grace, Md. I-;iiphalet's wife, Eliz- 
aljeth (Locke) Berry, died January 11, 1877, 
at the age of seventy-six years. 

Ira L. Berry recei\ed his echication in a 
district and private school, supplemented by 
a few terms at Gilmanton and Noithlield 
Academies. Thereafter he In]],, wed the pro- 
fession of teacher in i'.arnstcad and otiier 
towns of this State and in Rhode Island. 
From Rhode Island he returned to the home- 
stead, which finally became his by inheritance. 
For fifteen successive years he served the town 
as Selectman, and was Chairman of the lio.nd 
for a large part of the time. He also hcUl 
the office of County Cnmmissioner and that of 
Justice of the Peace. His reputation was that 
of a m.idel public official. He (b'ed l-cbruary 
2S, 1892, aged sixty-three years. Lavinia, 
his wife, a daughter of Joscjih Drew, is a de- 
scendant of John Drew, who is thought to ha\'e 
been the earliest settler of North Barnstead. 
J. Horace Drew, of Gilmanton, traces his de- 
scent to the same ancestor. La\'inia Diew 
attended l)oth Gilmanton and Northfield Acad- 
emies, and subsequently taught school for some 
time before her marriage and in Rhode Island 
after it. She has become tiie mother of three 
children — Fred E., Lucy A., and I\Iyra K. 
Lucy, after teaching school for a number of 
years, married J. W. Whitney, of Syracuse, 
N.Y. , who is now engaged in the practice of 
medicine in Homer, N. Y. Myra is the wife 
of K. H. .Shannon, a lawyer at Laconia. 

On completing his education at the New 
Hampton Academy, 1-red K. Berry worked 


for two years in Beverly, Mass., for an express 
ciinipaiiy. The iie.xl seven years were ein- 
ploye.l in lumber and mercantile business in 
b'l.irida. I'lion his return \nrlh be went to 
Saen, Me., where he was associated with a box 
manufacturin;; ecunpany toi' a time. Returning 
from .Saco to the homestead, he lias since re- 
sided here. The farm contains about three 
hundred acres ot laml. He gives especial 
attention to the production of milk. Un 
March 27, 1.S90, .Mr. Ikaay married lulith M. 
Tarbox, daughter of Charles L. and Julia A. 
(Tuck) Tarbox, of liiddeford, Afe. They 
have three children— Helen J., Grace K., and 
I'-.dith T. Berrv. 

kOI5ERT V. SWKET, M.D., a promi- 
nent homcKopathic physician of Roch- 
.'ster, and formerly Mayor of this 
city, was born in Port 15yron, N.Y., April 25, 
1X65. He was fitted for college at the high 
school in his native town, and, entering Cor- 
nell University, was graduated with the class 
of 1885. He was j)rincipal of the Rose Union 
School, at Rose, N. Y., one year, and then 
became a medical student at the New York 
Homcfopathic College and Hospital. He was 
graduated in 1.S88, and, immediately locating 
in Rochester, began the jiractice of his profes- 
sion. He has not only attained a high degree 
of success in his calling, but his pojuilarity as 
a citizen was of so marked a nature as to result 
in his nomination and election as Mayor in 
iS(j4. In politics he is an independent 
Democrat. During his term of office he 
gave the city an able and efficient administra- 
tion of i)ublic alfairs. In January, 1896, he 
pursued a post-graduate course in New ^'ork 
City, after the completion of which he spent 
eight months in travelling through Great 15rit- 
ain, iM-ance, Germany, and Italy for the 

benefit of his health, making personal observa- 
tions of matters cnnected with ad- 
vanceil medical science. He returned home a 
short time ago, and, with renewed vigor and 
increased knowledge, is now busy with his 
professional duties. 

In Jime, 1892, Dr. .Sweet was united in 
marriage with Josejihine Wallace, daughter 
of ]-:. G. Wallace, of Rochester. Mrs. .Sweet 
is the mother of three children; namely, 
I'aidine, Carlyle, and Robert \'aughan, Jr. 

Dr. Sweet is well advanced in Masonry, 
and belongs to Humane Lodge, No. 21, A. 1'". 
& A. M., Temple Chapter, No. 20, R. A. M., 
and Palestine Commandery, K. T., of Roches- 
ter. He is a member of the Congregational 

§OHN HKNRY ROBINSON, one of the 
best-known farmers of Laconia, anil an 
ex-member of the New Hampshire leg- 
islature, was born in the house where he now 
resides, June 22, 1S44, son of John Langdon 
and Rachel C. (Smith) Robinson. The farm 
which Mr. Robinson occupies was cleared from 
the wilderness by his great-grandfather, Chase 
Robinson, who removed hither from Stratham, 
N.H., many years ago, when Laconia was part 
of the town of Meredith. He erected the 
present residence, which was the birthplace of 
his son, Thomas Robinson, grandfather of the 
subject of this sketch. Thomas Robinson 
succeeded to the possession of the homestead, 
and resided here until his death, which 
occurred when he was fifty-five years old. 

John Langdon Robinson, father of John 11., 
was Ijorn at the homestead, A[)ril iS, 1809. 
He inherited the property, and the active 
period of his life has been devoted to agricult- 
ural pursuits. In politics he is a Democrat. 
His wife, Rachel C. Smith, whom he married 
October 29, 1831, was a daughter of Washing- 




ton Sinith, of this town, and grand-daughter of 
Judge IChenezer Smith, one of the earliest 
settlers. Two chikh-en were born of this 
union, namely: Charles 1'".; ami John Henry, 
the suhjeet of this sketeh. The nu)ther died 
January \2, 1892, aged eighty-one years. 
She was a member of the h'ree Will liaptist 

John Henry Robinson was edueated in the 
district seho.d and at the New Hampton Lit- 
erary Institution. Tilling the soil has been 
his occupation since comi)leting his stuilies, 
ami for many years past he has managetl the 
Robinson farm with unusual energy and .suc- 
cess. He has one hundred and ten acres 
of excellent land, forty of which arc under 

Oil May 15, 1869, Mr. Robinson was joined 
in marriage with Hannah Blaisdcll, daughter 
of David Blaisdcll, of this town. Her father 
was born in Laconia, l'"el)ruary 9, 1809; and 
his father, John Blaisdell, resided in Meredith 
previous to the incorporati<jn of this town. 
David Blaisdell learned the carpenter's trade 
in his youth, and shortly after finishing his 
apprenticeship engaged in business for him- 
self as an architect and builder. Mr. and 
Mrs. Robinson have one daughter, I':ieanor 

Mr. Robinson has served as Supervisor of 
I'^lections si.x years, was for three years a 
member of the Board of Selectmen, and, while 
a Representative to the legislature in 1S91, 
was a member of the Committee on Towns. 
He is connected with Chocorua Lodge, 
L O. O. F., of Lakeport; Granite Lodge, 
Ancient Order of United Workmen; and is a 
Past ]\Lister of Laconia Grange, I'atrons of 
Husbandry. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson are ac- 
tive members of the Free Will Baptist church, 
which he has served as Deacon, Treasurer, and 

/^[JTlToRGE F. MATHES, general agent 
y^J at the Boston & Maine railway depot 
in Dover, was born March 25, 185G, 
in the town of Rochester, N.IL, son of the 
late Stephen I\L and Louisa F. (Davis) 
INLithes. He is descentled from one of the 
earlier settlers of this part of the State. His 
father, Steiihen I\L Mathes, was born and bred 
in Milton, N.H. On attaining his majority 
Ste[ihen, locating in I^^ochester, engaged in a 
general mercantile business, and became one 
of the most prominent men of the place before 
his death, which occurretl at the age of three- 
score years. He was a leading member of the 
lodge of Odd Fellows organized in that town. 
His wife, who was also born in Milton, is now 
spending her declining years in Rochester. 
She is a sincere Christian woman and a de- 
voted member of the Methodist lipiscoijal 

George V. Mathes was but a year old when 
his father died. He received a [iractical edu- 
cation in the common schools. When aliout 
seventeen years old he began his term of ser- 
vice in the work with which he has since been 
identified. The first two months were spent 
as baggage-master in the station at Rochester. 
Then he began braking on a freight train, sub- 
sequently becoming brakeman and baggage- 
master on a jjassenger train of the Great Falls 
& Conway road, which is now a part of the 
Boston & Maine system. He was afterward 
promoted to the position of conductor. In 
1893 Mr. Mathes accepteil his present position 
in Dover, where he has established for himself 
a firm place among the most respected busi- 
ness men and citizens. He is a self-made 
man in every sense imjilied by the term, hav- 
ing by his own efforts steadily climbed the 
ladder of prosperity. Politically, Mr. Mathes 
is a sturdy Republican, and for many years 
was quite an active member of his party. He 


was a delegate to the Constitutional Conven- 
tion in 1.SS9, ami in 1893 represented the 
town ol Woltboio in the State legislature. 
Socially, he is a member of Syracuse Lodge, 
No. 27, K. of 1*., of Salnionville; and of the 
Wolfboro Tribe of the Improved Order of Red 

Mr. Mathes was married to Miss Fannie A. 
Parker, daughter of C. II. Parker, of Wolfboro. 
They have one child, Charles A., who is now 
a brakeman on the Boston & Maine Railroad. 
Mr. and Mrs. Mathes are not publicly identi- 
fied with any religious organization; but they 
are liberal in their beliefs, and attend the 
Unitarian church. 

LjZ1-:KI1':L HAYKS, of Alton, and his 
brother William, are among the most 
widely known and respected citizens 
of Helknap County, their unusual loyalty to 
each other so associating them in the minds of 
others that, although their youthful years have 
long since passed, they still are known as the 
"Hayes Boys." They are sons of William 
and Polly (Wentworth) Hayes. l-lzekiel was 
born in Alton, May 4, 1S26. 

William Hayes, the father, came to Alton 
from l'"armington, this State, and in 1804 pur- 
chased the farm of one hundred acres or more 
now owned by his sou I'zekiel. Ikit little of 
the land had previously been cleared, so that 
for the first few years he was obliged to give 
the larger share of his time to getting off the 
timber; but he was industrious, and prospered 
in his undertakings. He lunxhased another 
farm of one hundred acres, which he gave to 
his two older s.)ns. He continued to reside on 
the home farm until his death, living to be 
eighty-three years of age. He was a man of 
strictly temperate habits, believing a moderate 
drinker tcj lie but a "Prop to the Drunkard's 

Grave." I-'or a number of years he serx'cd 
Selectman of Alton. In church affairs a 

committee that had charge ol the 
the Inst church built in Alton Cent 
his wife, was a daughter of Step 
worth, of Milton, N.H. She I 
ninety-two years old. They had si 

1 WcnV 
d to be 

namely: Daniel, Stephen W., Olive, Ira I-'., 
I-lzekiel, and William. Daniel was a carriage- 
maker and carpenter. Stephen, a carriage- 
maker and cabinet-maker, was a piominent 
Republican, and served ;is Town Clerk a num- 
ber of years. Olive, the only daughter, mar- 
ried Joshua Wright, of Alton. Ira Hayes, 
living in Sanger\-ille, Me., is a piominent 
Republican politician, and has been a Police 
Judge for a number of year.s. 

Ezekiel was for five terms a student of Leb- 
anon Academy, Lebanon, Me., attending 
school in the winter and woiking at farming 
in the summer months. He taught school for 
a number of years, and all his life has found 
much [ileasure in reading. As mentioned 
ab(n'e, he now owns the old homestead, and 
his brother William owns a farm on the oppo- 
site side of the street. The two farms contain 
about three hundred and seventy acres. They 
carried them on together until a few )'ears ago, 
when, owing to the expectation of Ezekiel that 
his son would take up the work with him, they 
divided their property. While living on sep- 
arate farms, one never transacted any business 
without consulting the other; and the profits of 
all sales were divided. P'ven since the ili- 
vision they are as inseparable as e\-er, each de- 
ferring important business matters to the 
judgment of the other, and in busy times 
assisting each other in their work. WilliLuii 
is a widower. 

p:zekiel Hayes married Lydia A. French, a 
daughter of Ira French, a farmer and car[)enter 


of Alton. For four yc;iis Mrs. Hayes was 
successfully cugagcd in school teaching. 
They have a son and daughter — Mary I'llen 
and Ilerhert Iv The daughter, who fullowed 
teaching for a number of years, is now the wite 
of James N. Ames, and has four children. 
Ilerljert I'., the son, is engaged in the pro- 
vision business in ISnston, his store being on 
Warren Street, in the Roxlnny District. Mrs. 
Hayes is a member ni the Congregatidual 

1-:NRY I^U.ST PARKER, M.D., an 
inent physician and an esteemed 
itizen of Dover, while a native of 
the Granite State, comes of substantial Eng- 
lish ancestry. He was born at Wolfboro, Jan- 
uary 24, 1836. His first knowledge of books 
was obtained in the cummon schools, where he 
usually stood very near the head of his class. 
When hut twelve years of age, he had the mis- 
fortune to lose both of his parents, and was 
thereby thrown wholly upon his own resources. 
Realizing the need of a good education in 
order to insure his future success, the young 
lad worked for it with a persistent energy that 
was bound to succeed. Before many years had 
passed, he was a student in the Wolfboro 
Academy, and later his name was enrolled 
among the noted instructors of that institution. 
While performing his duties as a teacher, Mr. 
Parker devoted his free time to the study of 
medicine, for which he had a strong predilec- 
tion. Afterward he entered the medical de- 
partment of Dartmouth College, from which 
he was graduated in \^Gf>. Beginning the 
practice of his profession in his native town, 
he continued there until 1881, when he came 
to Dover. Here, preceded by his re])utation 
for skill and knowledge, he made rapid strides 
in his profession; and to-day he occupies an 
assured position among the leading inacli- 

tioners of this section of New lingland. He 
was examining surgeon for pensions in Straf- 
ford County. Under both administrations of 
President Cleveland he was President of the 
Board of P:xamining Surgeons for this county, 
and he holds that office still. He is likewise 
one of the trustees of the million-dollar estate 
left by the late Hiram Barker, of I'armington, 
N. H. ; President of the Medical Society of 
Do\er; member of the New Hampshire Medi- 
cal Society ; member of the Strafford County 
Medical Society, of which he was President in 
the years 1S91 and 1893 ; and a member of the 
State P'.xecutive Conmiittee, V. M. C. A., of 
New Hampshire and Vermont. 

Dr. Parker was married May 27, iS6f<, to 
Miss Ella M. Thompson, of Wolfboro; and 
they have become the parents of three chil- 
dren. These are: Nathalie S., the wile of 
George B. Harper, of Monireal, Can. ; Al- 
berta T., the wife of Harry P. Henders.m, of 
Dover; and Heiny R. Parker, Jr., who died 
December 27, 1894, aged nineteen )'ears. 
The Doctor is a member of the St. Thomas 
Episcopal Church of Dover. In juditics he is 
a stanch Democrat. He has hail the hoiKu' of 
being the first Democrat to fill the Mayor's 
chair in IJover, having been elected to this 
office in 1890; and he was re-elected in i8gi. 
In Masonic circles he is cpiite [jrominent, 
being a thirty-second degree Mason and a 
Past Master of the Blue Podge. 

I.UNZO S. FRENCH, a lifelong resi- 
dent of Alton, was born here !\fay 25, 
■.34, son of Ira and Eois (McDuf- 
fee) French. His paternal grandfather, I'ben- 
ezer P'rench, came from l'"armington, N. PL, to 
Alton over a century ago, when the town was 
only partially settled. Ebenezer purchased in 
the east part of the town a tract of wild land 


that, when dcarwl, proved to bt; the finest 
pasture in this section. Later in life he 

a eaii)enter l)y trade. lieloie coming to Alton 
he had married Abigail Walker. He died at 
the age of fifty years. She lived to be about 
seveuty-five. ' 'I'hey had eight children; 
namely, Ira, W'illard, I.ydia, Seth, Sarah, 
Abigail, l-.ben, and one that died in infancy. 
W'illard and Seth farmed together in Alton. 
The latter married, while the former remained 
single. In his younger days VVillard, who had 
received a good common-school education, 
taught school for several terms. Abigail was 
twice married, her tirst husband being Gilman 
Hunt, and the second Moses Gilman. She 
died in 1.S95, aged eighty-five years, leaving 
no children. I'.ben, a shoemaker, removed 
when young to Woburn, Mass., where he mar- 
ried and spent the remainder of his life. 
Sarah remained single. 

Ira iMcnch, the eldest chi Id of his parents, 
after learning the trade of a cai)renter with his 
father, was overseer of a department in one of 
the coiton-mills of Dover, N.Il., for a few 
\-ears. When he was twenty-five )-ears of age, 
his father died; and, returning U> the home- 
stead farm, he afterward carried it on until his 
own death. After lieciming the owner nf the 

it in size tn about tw(i hundred acres. He 
made a specialty of stock-raising. In [lolitics 
he was a Whig, and took an active ]iart in 
matters of public interest. In religious belief 
he was a Free ]?aptist, belonging to the church 
at Kast Alton. He was born in the first year 
of the present century, and died in 1877, aged 
seventy-seven )-ears. By his wife Lois, a 
(laughter of James McUuftee, he was the father 
of six children— Oren L. , Ann K. , James M., 
Lyilia A., Alon/.o S. , and hlleanor M. Of 
these Uren, a resident of Alton, Lydia, the 

wife of ]{zekiel Hayes, and Aloiizo are the 
only survivors. Ann K. was the wife of Ju- 
seph J5. I'-.vans; James M., whu was station 
agent at Alton 15ay tor twenty-seven years, left 
a widow and children; and blleanor died when 
si.xteen years old. 

Having first attended the district .schools, 
Alonzo S. l^'rench studied for a few teinis at 
both Wolfboro and New Hampton Academies. 
Uiioii the cnnipletion of his course he taught 
school in the winter for a time, working with 
his father during the remainder of the year. 
At a later date he took full charge of the 
homestead, which he manageil until he came 
to Alton village in 1886. On June 6, 1858, 
he married Xancy J. I'"urber, daughter of 
George W. Lurber, of Wolfboro. Mr. iMcnch 
has been a Republican since the organization 
of the party. In 1S60 he was superintendent 
of the town schooLs. In 1866 and iSr.7, he 
reinesented the town in the Lower House of 

the State legislature, seiving therei 1 the 

Committee on I'ublic Lands. l-"or four _\eais, 
beginning in '888, he was Town Treasurer; 
and he was Selectman in 1864, 1865, 1887, 
18S8, 1895, and 1896, being on the board with 
Amos L. Rollins, when the war debt was 
raised, and Chairman of that body in ir^9ri. 
He was for many years a Trustee of the Imvc 
Cent Savings Hank, and in 1896 he was 
elected for two years to ser\e as Moderator of 
town meetings. 

MON Wb;.\TW()R Til, a skilful 
And inlluential agriculturist of North 

1823, on the farm which he now occupies, son 
of J?eard and Sarah (Roberts) Wentworth. 
He comes of pioneer ancestry, his paternal 
grandfather, ]-;iihu Wentworth, having pur- 
chased this tract of land when the district wa,- 


covered with woods. Cleariiif^ a space in tiiis 
wilderness, l-",lihii erected a small house, proh- 
ablyof logs, for himself and family, and here 
spent his remaining days. 

Heard Wentworth assisted in clearing the 
land ns soon as he was old enough to use an Having inherite.l the old homestead, he 
continued to improve it, and lived here until 
his death at an advanced age in 1873. His 
body was interred in the family cemetery on 
the farm where he had lived and toiled. In 
politics he was a sound Democrat. With his 
wife, Sarah, who was a native of Rochester, 
he reared eight children, namely: Ira, of 
Rochester; Simon, the subject of this .sketch; 
Jonas, also of Rochester; KUza A., the widow 
of Leonard Hayes, of Milton, this county; 
George B. , who was killed in an accident r)n 
the Bradford railroad in i.SSS; John I<"., of 
Rochester; Martin V. I?., of Dover; and 
Sarah A., who makes her home in Milton with 
her sister, Mrs. Hayes. 

In his boyh.iod Simon Wentworth attended 
the public schoids of Milton, where he was 
well drilled in the elementary liranches. Be- 
tween the school sessions he obtained a ]iracti- 
cal knowledge of agriculture under the instruc- 
tion of his parents. Since coming into posses- 
sion of the ancestral acres, he has carried on 
general farming, lumbering, and dairying with 
signal success. Having acquired more land 
by purchase, he is now the owner of four hun- 
dred acres lying in Rochester, Milton, and 
Lebanon. In 1853 he was appointed depot 
master at Hayes Crossing, a position which he 
still holds. He was also Postmaster at North 
Rochester for twenty years. ■* 

Mr. Wentworth married Miss Frances J. 
Cook, of Milton, and has three children. 
These are: Elmer V.., of Springvale, Me.; 
Walter S. , wh.i assists in the care of the home 
farm; and l-'red B., of the citv of Rochester. 

Mr. W^entworth has voted with the Republi- 
can party since its organization, and for two 
years scr\'ed his fellow-townsmen as Select- 
man, lie was made a Mason in llnmane 
Lodge, A. I'. & A. M., of Rochester, with 
which he has been connected several years. 
He attemls the Congregational Church of Mil- 
ton, and is a willing contributor toward its 

'wJ)/l[.LIAM F. HARMON, a promi- 
vSV 'T-'iit liveryman of Scmicrsworth, was 
biu-n in Scarboro, Me., March 15, 
1S45, son of Lorenzo D. and Mary (Hodsdon) 
Harmon. The father, also a native of Scar- 
boro, spent his life in that town chiefly en- 
gaged in farming, and died at the early age of 
thirty years. The mother still survives him, 
and is now about eighty years of age. 

When but si.\ months old, William F. Har- 
mon was bereft of his father. About two and 
a half years later his mother came with him 
to Somersworth, where he afterward attended 
the public schools until he was about sixteen 
years of age. On February iS, 1862, when 
not quite seventeen, he enlisted for three years 
in Company D of the Fourth New Hampshire 
Regiment as a drummer boy. At the expira- 
tion of his term he re-enlisted in the same 
company and regiment, and served with them 
until the close of the Civil War. He shared 
in the action of Pokatalego, the siege of 
Charleston, the engagements of Morris Island 
and Cold Harbor, the siege of Petersburg, the 
fight at Deep Bottom, and the attack on Fort 
p-isher, passing through all without being 
wounded or taken prisoner. On receiving his 
final discharge he returned to Somersworth, 
and worked as clerk in a dry-goods store for 
three years. He ne.xt engaged in the news- 
paper and periodical business, which he had 
successively conducted for about fouiteen years, 


when lie snkl out, to assume the duties of Post- 
master of Somersworth. He was appointed to 
this office in Septeml^er, 1886, and served four 
years and four months. Tlien he took up the 
insurance Inisiness, which he followed until 
1882. In 1892 and 1893 he was Tax Col- 
lector for Somersworth. Also in 1893 he first 
engaged in the liver\' business, which he has 
since carrietl on with marked success. 

On November 25, 1871, Mr. Harmon mar- 
ried Miss Lizzie Bracy, of Somersworth, by 
whom he became the father of five children. 
These are: Winnifred L. , who is assistant in 
the Somersworth High School; William F. , 
who is employed in the general ticket office of 
the I^oston & ]\Iaine Railroad in Boston; 
Charles H., a resident of Somersworth; Helen 
M., at home and attending school; and 
Marion, also at home. On national questions 
i\Ii-. Harmon supports the Democratic party, 
but in local affairs he takes a liberal course. 
Fnmi 1876 to 1880 he served as Town Clerk, 
and in I S90 and 1891 he was a member of the 
School ]V)ard. He belongs to Littlefield Post, 
No. 8, G. A. R., of this city, and in 1SS3 was 
its Commander. 

|HARLKS K. SMALL, a thrifty farmer 
and a highly esteemed resilient of Bel- 
ni(int, was born in Canterbury, 
N.H., June 23, i860, son of Darius and Susan 
(Heath) Small. His grandfather, Jeremiah 
Small, who was reared in Canterbury, married 
Hannah Young, of Upper Gilmanton (now 
Belmont), and was the father of nine children 
— William I'., l[liza K., Darius, Jane, John, 
Andrew J., Gideon, Winthrop, and Caroline. 
William P., who is living in Canterbury, has 
four children, namely: lilla, the wife of Frank 
Merrill; ICmma, a book-keeper; Walter, who 
married a Miss Langehy; and Almcm, who 

married P'lorence Bagley. Eliza K. married 
Nathan I-". Foster, of Belmont, and has one 
son, Frank A. Foster, M.D., of Waltham, 
Mass. Jane, who is the wife of luioch Pick- 
ard, of Canterbury, has si.v children, as fid- 
lows: Jane, now Mrs. Burbeck, of Concord; 
P'rances, who married Charles Osgood, son of 
ICdward (Xsgood, a prominent citizen of Can- 
terbury; Louise, who married Hugh Tallent; 
Ellen, who married a Mr. Dearborn, of Con- 
cord, and is now a widow; Grace, who mariicd 
Harry Ray; and Warren, who married Alice 
.Shaw, of Concord. John Small married .Sarah 
Dennis, of Providence, R.I., and has two chil- 
dren, namely: Anna, who wedded I'red Cede, 
of Concord ; and Linius, now a widower, who 
wedded Ida Lovering. Andrew J. Small mar- 
ried Calista Howe, who died leaving three 
children — P]va G., Alfaretta, and Charles H. 
Alfaretta is a trained nurse in Boston, and 
Charles H. is an engineer. Gideon died at 
the age of twenty-three. Winthrop died lea\'- 
ing one child. Caroline married S}-l\'anns 
Moore, of Canterbury. 

Darius Small, Charles K. Small's father, 
born in Canterbury, was reared to agricultural 
pursuits. He moved to Belmont in 1860, and 
settled upon a farm of eighty acres, which he 
cultivated industriously, and died April 5, 
1S94. His wife, Susan, died May 3, 1SS.4. 
Her father was Abraham Heath, of Northfield, 
N. H., who reared three other children; namely, 
Rachel, Joseph, and Josiah. Rachel, now 
deceased, was the wife of Samuel Wyatt, of 
Northfield; Joseph married Caroline Grant, 
and has four children; and Josiah married 
Judith Hubbard, and has two children. Mr. 
and Mrs. Darius Small had three children, 
namely: Jeremiah, who died at the age of four 
years; John A., who married Sarah E. Ma.\- 
field, and resides in Lakeport, N.H.; and 
Charles ]>:., the subject of this sketch. 


When he went with his parents to IkMmont, 
Charles E. Small was eight months old. 
He acquired his education in the public 
schools. Since completing his studies he has 
been engaged in carrying on the homestead 
farm, in company with his father. As a result 
of their thrift and good judgment the property 
now comprises two hundred acres. Mr. Small 
wedded Mary Jane Garmon, daughter of Nich- 
olas and Sarah S. (Bean) Garmon, respectively 
of Gilmanton and Helmont. Nicholas Garmon 
served as Selectman, Town Clerk, and County 
Commissioner. In politics Mr. Small is a 
Republican. He servetl as a member of the 
]]oard of .Selectmen for four years, during two 
of which he acted as Chairman. 

onia jailer and the efficient superin- 
tendent of the poor farm, was born 
in Lakeport, Belknap County, August 4, 1S45, 
son of Jeremiah B. and Ilannali (Uavis) 
Thyng. His grandfather, Jeremiah Thyng, 
who was a native of Brentwood, N.Il., in his 
early manhood became a pioneer of Gilford, 
settling on Liberty Hill, and was an organizer 
of the Free Baptist cluireh in this jdace. 
Jeremiah's wife, in niaidenhdod named Mor- 
rill, was also born in Brentwood. The)' 
reared si.\ children, all of whom are now de- 

Jeremiah B. Thyng, the father of Charles 
D., was born on Liberty Hill, and remained 
on the home farm until he was thirty-five years 
of age. He then went to Gilford, this county, 
where he managed a grocery store for four or 
five years. Subsecpiently he removed to Lake- 
port, where he was emi)loyed for a few years in 
a mill. The next four years were spent in 
business in Dover, N.H., after which he 
opened a general merchandise store in Alton, 

this county. Three years later he returnetl to 
the old homestead in Gilford. In 1 sr.o he re- 
moved to New Hampton, Belknap County, 
where he officiated as Selectman, antl was 
prominent in the Free Will Baptist church. 
His wife was a daughter of Nathaniel Davis, 
who was a member of the Davis family on 
Governor's Island in Gilford township. Jere- 
miah B. had only one child, Charles D. , the 
subject of this biography. He died in iS.Si, 
being then seventy-seven years of age. 

After graduating from the New Hampton 
Academy in 1865, Charles D. Thyng estab- 
lished a drug, book, and stationery store in 
that town, and afterward managed it success- 
fully for thirty years. He then came to 
Laconia; and on January i, 1S95, he was ap- 
pointed superintendent of the poor farm and 
jailer. In politics he affiliates with the Re- 
publican party. He was Postmaster of New 
Hampton for eighteen years, its Town Treas- 
urer for a quarter of a century, and in 1.SS7 he 
was its Representative in the legislature. 
While Representative he was on the Commit- 
tees of Mileage and Revision of the Statutes, 
and he was influential in securing the charter 
for the Gordon Nash Library of New Hampton. 

On I<"ebruary i, 1870, Mr. Thyng was mar- 
ried to Carol ine R., daughter of Flavel Bow- 
ker, of P.runswick, Me. His children by the 
union are: Herbert M., Arthur D., Cora IL, 
and Fdsie B. Herbert M. was graduated from 
New Hampton Academy, and is now a Senior 
in Dartmouth College; Arthur D., who was 
graduated from the commercial department of 
the same institution in the summer of i S96, is 
assisting his father; Cora H., who grailuated 
from New Hampton Institute in 1896, resides 
at home. Mr. Thyng has been identified with 
Cardigan Lodge, No. 38, I. O. O. F., of Bris- 
tol, since 1873. He is now Past Grand Mas- 
ter, having held all the chairs. He also 



bcloii-s t.i the Daughters of Rebecca in the 
same town. In religion he affiliates with the 
iM-ce Will Haptist church, in which he has 
officiated for four years as suiierintendent of 
the Siindav-school. 

lARLllS 1I1:NRY TRICKI;V, for- 

lerly engaged as a dealer m coal, 
wood, hay, and lumber in Dover, 
N.II., was prominently associated for many 
years with the mercantile interests of this 
part of Strafford County; and his death, which 
occurred February 2, 1896, was deeply de- 
plored as a public loss to the community. 
Mr. Trickey was born August 14, 1S33, in 
]5ronkfield, Carroll County, N.II., where his 
father, Lemuel Trickey, was prosperously en- 
gaged in general agriculture. His mother, 
Mrs. Maria Goodhue Trickey, is a descendant 
of Governor Thomas Wiggin. She is now 
living, at the advanced age of ninety-one 
years, with her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Georgie 
Trickey, at her home on Central Avenue. 

Having diligently improved his opportuni- 
ties for acquiring an education in the district 
schools and in the academy at Wakefield, 
N.II., at the youthful age of seventeen Charles 
II. Trickey taught school in the adj<Mning 
town of New Durham, meeting with such suc- 
cess that the following year the school agent 
offered him five dollars a month more than 
they had ever paid a teacher before. In 1853, 
at about twenty years of age, Mr. Trickey left 
the old home farm in search of more congenial 
and remunerative employment. Making his 
way to Dover, he obtained a situation as clerk 
in the store of John Bickford, a merchant 
tailor, with whom, after remaining for a few 
years in a subordinate position, he subse- 
quently formed a copartnership, which con- 
tinued for some time. He then bought his 

partner's share in the store and stock, and 
successfully managed the entire business until 
1870. In that year Mr. Trickey, having ilis- 
posed of his other interests, bought out the 
coal, wood, and lumber business of Mr. M. D. 
Tage, at the same time purchasing an interest 
in the business of Mr. George Avery, a lum- 
berman, teamster, and dealer in hay; and from 
that date until his demise he was most 
profitably engaged in trade. In each depart- 
ment, under his energetic and capable manage- 
ment, growth was soon apparent; and in the 
matter of coal alone the sale was increased 
from si.\ hundred tons each year to the large 
amount of ten thousand tons. 

Mr. Trickey was interested in some of the 
enterprises most likely to advance the com- 
mercial interests of Dover, being the prime 
mover in the establishment of the Dover Navi- 
gation Company and in having the channel of 
the river deepened for the accommodation of 
vessels of a larger draft. In politics he was a 
stanch Republican, but steadily declined all 
offices, even refusing to accept the nomination 
as candidate for the mayorship of this city, 
although earnestly solicited to do so. He was 
not connected by membership with any relig- 
ious organization, but was a regular attendant 
of the First Congregational Church. 

On December 25, 1869, Mr. Trickey mar- 
ried Miss Ada, daughter of ex-Mayor Albert 
Bond, of Dover. Two daughters were the 
fruit of this union, namely: Marion Gertrude, 
wife of the Rev. George Alcott, of Danielson, 
Conn.; and Lola Maud, now a student at the 
Normal College in Willimantic, Conn. On 
April 28, 1886, Mr. Trickey married Mrs. 
Georgie Hanson, daughter of Charles and 
Abbie A. Bo.ston, of Wells, Me. Of this 
union two children were born, namely; 
Charles Lemuel, December 17, 18S7; and 
! Mabel Grace, April 13, 1891. 



At his death Mr. Trickey left a will ap- 
pointing Mrs. Trickey sole executrix of his 
estate, a high proof of the confulence he had 
in her practical ability and good judgment. 
Although she had never had any business ex- 
perience, Mrs. Georgie Trickey, who is a 
bright, active woman, has managed the inter- 
ests left to her care with a sagacity above 
comment, her business as a dealer in coal and 
wood comparing favorably with that of any 
firm in the city. 

|1IARL1':S C. COOK, the proprietor of 
a large farm in Centre Harbor, was 
born in Moultonboro, N.II., Sep- 
tember 4, 1S43, son of Nelson I?, and Adeline 
S. (Moulton) Cook. His grandfather, bLhen 
Cook, born on Red Hill in the town of Moul- 
tonboro, spent the active period of liis life in 
tilling the soil. Ebcn was a natural mechanic, 
ami was able to make any kind of a wooden 
tool (ir implement used in agriculture. The 
maiden name of his wife was Hannah 

Nelson B. Cook, Charles C. Cook's father, 
was a native of Moultonboro, born November 
14, 1S14. He was reared to agricultural life, 
and for some years after coming of age he 
worked as a farm assistant. At the age of 
twenty-seven he took the management of the 
town farm, and carried it on for two years. 
He purchased a farm in his native town, and, 
having erected a house, was engaged in gen- 
eral farming on his own account until about 
the .year iSSo. He then sold his property, 
and livetl in retirement until his death, which 
occurred in July, 1S95. His wife, Adeline, 
was a daughter of Thomas Moulton, a native 
of Moultonboro, who after his marriage settled 
in Greensboro, Vt., where the greater part of 
his life was passed. Mr. Moulton was a son 

of Hcnning Moulton, and a gramlson of Gen- 
eral Jonathan Moulton, the founder of the 
Moulton family in I'elknap County. Mr. and 
Mrs. Nelson 15. Cook had three children, 
namely: Charles C. , l^he subject of this sketch : 
Samantha 1'., who married Charles M. McCoy, 
of Littleton, N.ll.; and George K. The 
parents were members of the Christian Baptist 

Charles C. Cook atteude.l scho(d in his 
native town, and resided at home until he was 
twenty-one. He applied himself to various 
pursuits for a time, and then went to Aurora, 
111. While there he was engaged in railroad- 
ing for nine years, six years of which were 
spent as a locomotive engineer. After a resi- 
dence of eleven years in Illinois he returned 
to his native State. In 1879 he bought a farm 
in Centre Harbor, where he has since resided. 
This jiroperty, which originalh' contained one 
hundred and forty acres, he has increased to 
two hundred and fifty acres, about thirty-five 
of which are under cultivation. He raises 
large crops of h,ay, corn, and potatoes, and 
keeps twelve head of cattle. In iiolitics he is 
a Democrat, and he takes a prominent ]iart in 
public affairs. He served as a Selectman four 
years, is now ser\ing his third term as .Su]KM'- 
\isoi-, and he has been Highway .Surveyor. 

On August 20, 1S73, Mr. Co,,k married 
Abbie A. I'aine, daughter of James M. raine. 
of Centre Harbor. Mrs. Cook's great-grand- 
father, John Paine, who came here from Rye, 
N.H., and was a resident for the rest of his 
life, lived to be ninety-five years (dd. Her 
grandfather, Jonathan Paine, accompanied his 
parents to Centre Harbor when he was twelve 
years old. James M. Paine, Mrs. Cook's 
father, was born February 14, 1803, upon the 
farm which is now owned by Charles C. Cook. 
He was one of the active farmers of his day 
and a lea<ling spirit in local public affairs. 





Ho served as Reprcsentat 
three or four terms, wa 
]?oard of Selectmen about twenty-one years, 
and he was also Town Treasurer, County Com- 
missioner, and County Treasurer. In politics 
he supported the Democratic party. He mar- 
ried for his first wife Sally Towle, daughter 
of Levi Towle, and ix'ared a family of two 
children — Arthur L. and Adtlic A. For his 
second wife he married Mrs. Linda S. (Sen- 
ter) liailey. daughter of Samuel M. Senter, 
and widow of Dr. William Bailey. Mr. and 
Mrs. Cook have two children — Lillian May 
and James Nelson. .Mr. Cook is a member of 
Chocorua Lodge, F. & A. M. ; and of Win- 
nepcsaukce Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, of 

fg/XIA-AH T. RAMSD1-:LL, a leading ar- 
litect of Dover, who is devoting his 
attention almost e.NcIusivcly to his 
profession, was born A]-)ril 15, 1852, in York, 
Me., son of William Ramsdell. The latter, 
who was born in "\'oik in 1816, learned the 
carpenter's trade, and woiked at it and gen- 
eral farming during the rest of his life, resid- 
ing in the ]dace of his nativity until his death, 
which occurred Fehruaiy C\ i8r.y, at the age 
of liftythree years. He married I'hodie A. 
Boston, who was born in Wells, Me., and is 
now living in South Berwick, Me. She bore 
her husband thirteen children, namely: Susan, 
Josephine, Mary, Clara, I'h.ebe, h:tta, I'.mily, 
Albert, Alvah T., Alfred, Albion, Stora, and 
an unnamed daughter. The last two died in 

Alvah T. Ramsdell lived beneath the paren- 
tal roof until eighteecn years of age, attending 
the district schools and assisting in the labors 
incidental to life on a farm. Being endowed 
by nature with a good mechanical talent, he 
then resolved to put it to use. With this pur- 

pose he went to .South Berwick, and served an 
apprenticeship of three \-ears with William A. 
Melntire, a noted contractor, builder, and 
manufacturer of builders' finish. lie silent the 
three following years as a journeyman carpen- 
ter in Berwick and vicinity, after which he 
located in I5oston as a master mechanic. Here 
he proved himself so thoroughly con\-ersant 
with his business that he was kejit continu- 
ously employed by such well-kn<iwn contrac- 
tors as William McKenzey, Whidden, Hill & 
Co., and ]?. D. Wliitcomb & Co. Under his 
superintendence many of Boston's later struct- 
ures of note, including the Ames and Cyclo- 
rama Buildings, and the Boston Storage Ware- 
house, were completed. During this time, 
mindful of his ambition to perfect himself in 
his art, Mr. Ramsdell began the study of draw- 
ing and architecture at the ]?ostoii evening 
schools. \n 1889 Mr. Ramsdell opened an 
office in Dover, where he has since built up a 
substantial business, and become prominently 
identified with the political and social life of 
the city. Some of the most attractive build- 
ings ot' Dover are alike creditable to him and 
ornamental to the [ijacc. 

On April 15, 1877. Mr. Ramsdell was 
united in marriage with Miss Ida Florence, 
daughter of John .S. and Joanna II. (Brewster) 
Hurd, of Dover. In politics Mr. Ram.sdell 
is a decided Republican. He served as Coun- 
cilman from Ward One in 1894 and 1895, and 
in the latter year was President of the Council. 
He was elected Alderman in I SQr. and 1897. 
For many years he has been prominent in 
Masonic circles, and has done much t" [irnnidte 
the good of the order in New Hampshire. He 
belongs to Moses Paul Lodge, I'. & A. M., 
of Dover; Belknap Chapter, R. A. M. ; St. 
Paul Commandery, K. T. ; to the Wechohamet 
Lodge, I. O. O. F., of this city; and to the 
Olive Branch Lodge, Crescent Division Uni- 


form, K. P., of Dover. In his Masonic lodge 
Mr. Ramsilell is Treasurer. He takes a deep 
interest in matters pertaining to the moral 
welfare of the community in which he resitles, 
is a valued member of the I^'irst Parish Con- 
gregational Chuich, and an earnest worker in 
the Young Men's Christian Association. 

one of 

isru, son of Noah and (uace K. \V. (Mu ^ 
.Smith. The family is of English origin. 
Philip Smith, the great-grandfather of Orville 
P., and a iirosperous farmer of New Mam]it<in, 
N. IL, married Nancy Jewell, a nati\'e of 
-Strathani, N. H. He was a son of Benjamin 
Smith, who was a lirother of the grandfather 
of Orville P. Smith's graiidm.ither. 

Parker Smith, the grandfather, was li.irn in 
New Hampton, I-'eliruary 7, i "(jf'- When a 
young man he came to Centre Harbor, and at 
the age of twenty-seven bought of the heirs of 
Joseph Co.\ the farm upon which his son and 
grandson now reside. Parker Smith died at 
the age of about forty years. He married 
Anna Smith, who was burn in New Ham|)ton, 
September 25, 1 Soo. She descended from the 
same ancestry a.s her grandson on the jiaternal 
side. Benjamin Smith was the son of John, 
who was grandson of the first ancestor in 
America; and Christopher, grandfather of 
Anna, was son of Benjamin. Christopher 
Smith, horn October 20, ijjd, commanded a 
company in the Revolutionary War, although 
not a commissioned officer. His wife, in 
maidenhood Mary Page, was born March 20, 
1739- Christopher died December 7, 18 14, 
and his wife died March 7, 1778. John 
Smith, father of Anna, born in Hampton, 
N.H., January 25, 1760, also served as a sol- 

dier in the Revolutionary War, and died July 
17, 1842. He wedded Martha P)rake, who 
was born August 30, 1767, daughter of Ahia- 
ham PJrake, and died August [4, 1841. Or- 
ville P. Smith's grandmother died Se|.tember 
2, 1858. She was the mother of si.x children, 
namely: John P., Martha A., Mary J., Noah, 
Charlotte, and Charles. Noah Smith, Orville 
P. Smith's father, was born in Centre Harbor, 
March 7, 1831. He has always resided at the 
homestead, which he inlierited, and where he 
has been actively engaged in general farming. 
He .served as a Selectman four years, and is a 
Democrat in i.olitics. His wi'fe, Grace J-:. 
W. (Mudgett) Smith, is a daughter of Levi 
Mudgctt, of New Hampton. Orville P., the 
subject of this sketch, is their only child. 
Both parents are members of the Methndist 
P^iiscopal church. 

Orville Parker Smith acquired a common- 
school education, and was reared to agii- 
cultural pursuits. After leaving school he 
began to help on the home farm. He has suc- 
cessfully managed the property for sevei'al 
years past. The estate contains si.xty-five 
acres of land, thirty-five of which are used 
for tillage purposes, and are very fertile. 
Laige crops of hay, corn, oats, antl potatoes 
are raised. The pasturage facilities are excel- 
lent, and an average of eighteen head of cattle 
are wintered. 

On May 31, 1888, Mr. Smith was unitetl in 
marriage with Anna I.. Grant, daughter nf 
Daniel ]!. Grant, of Mnnltonboro. He is 
prominent in the affaiis of the town, to which 
he has rentlered valuable services. I'"or six- 
years he was a member of the ]5oard of Select- 
men. He was on the Schonl ]5oard fur eight 
years. He represented this district in the 
legislature in 1S92 and 1893. He was Road 
Commissioner for three terms, and he was 
Moderator at town meetings for a number of 


years. He is connected with W'inneiiesankee 
Grange, I'atnms of Ilushaiulry, in which he 
tai<es a deep interest, and is a Past Master. 

fAMI'.S M. HAVNl'lS, now livini; in re- 
tirement at his pleasant home in Dover, 
in his active years followed the callings 
(if carpenter, teacher, and merchant. He was 
horn September i8, 1819, in Wolfboro, N.H., 
son of James and Hannah (Lunl) Ha\-nes. 
The family is descended from Samncl Haynes, 
who was horn in England in 161 i. In iC>jS 
Samuel emigrated to this country, settling in 
Portsmouth, N.H., where he was appointed 
Deacon of the l<"irst Congregational Church in 
1 67 1, and died in 1686. James Haynes was 
born and reared in Wolfboro, N.H., where he 
afterward worked at the carpenter's trade until 
1845. Remo\-ing tlien to Dover, he here con- 
tinued at his trade until his death, which 
occurred when he was si.\ty-eight years of age. 
He married Hannah Lord, who was born in 
O-ssijiee, N.H., daughter of the Rev. VVent- 
vvorth Lord, a veteran of the Revolution and 
a noted minister of his day. The latter had 
six brothers, who were also prominent in the 
ministry. Hannah (Lord) Haynes, after sur- 
viving her husband, died October 29, iSri^i, at 
the advanced age of eighty-two years. 

James M. Haynes received his education in 
the common schools and at an academy in his 
native town. On attaining his majority he 
came to Dover, where he was employed in 
a carjjcnter's shop for about five years. 
Throughout the following eight years he was 
employed as teacher in the schools of Berwick 
and Rollinsford in the winter season, while 
in the summer months he worked at farming 
in Wolfboro. Returning to Dover after this, 
he was a clerk in the Union Labor Store f.u- 
nearly five years, obtaining a practical insight 

into the business. Then he opened a grocerv 
on his own account, and conducted it for fif- 
teen years with signal success, building up a 
thriving trade, and acquiring an enviable repu- 
tation for his uprightness and acrcommodating 
disposition. In 1892 he had the misfortune to 
break his leg, and since then has lived retired. 
On November 29, 1849, Mr Haynes mar- 
ried Miss Nancy Matthews, a daughter of 
Francis and Xancy Page IVLitthews. Mr. Mat- 
thews, wdio was born in Loudon, N.ll.. and 
lived there until about fifty years of age, after- 
ward settled in Dover, where he was engaged 
as a stone mason until his death, three years 
later. He was survived by his wife, who was 
born in Hallowcll, Me., and lived to the age 
of threescore and three years. Mrs. Haynes 
was born April 5, 18 18, during the residence 
of her ]iarents in Gilmantowm, Me., and was 
a mere child when they lenioved to tliis city, 
where she has since lived. Mr. and Mrs. 
Haynes arc the parents of f(nir children, as 
follows: John M., who became a civil engi- 
neer, and died at the age of twenty-se\-en 
years; Charlotte P., who married P^dwin J. 
ILaynes, and died at the age of thirty-six 
years; an unnamed child, who died in infancy; 
.•\nnie, of whom there is no special record; 
and Louise IL, a teacher, who has been con- 
nected with the William Penn Charter School 
of Philadelphia, Pa., for the past nine years. 
Politically, Mr. Playnes is a stanch Republi- 
can, ant! has served his city faithfull)' in man\' 
official ]iositions. He niatle the fii-st enrol- 
ment of the town, was Assessor for three 
years. School Committee man for four years, 
Tax Collector for six years, and an Overseer 
of the Poor for a long period. A Mason in 
good standing, he belongs to Strafford Lodge, 
and ]5elknap Chapter of Dover. His relig- 
ious convictions finil expression as a memlier 
of the l-"ree ]5aptist church. 


NDREW VARN1<:Y, a retired fanner 
ling near Alton village, is a native 
this tdwn, Ijorn August iS, 1819, 
anil a sun of Doniinieus and Polly (Jones) Var- 
ney. Thomas Varncy, the father of Domini- 
cus, spent his life principally in Rochester, 
N.H., where he followed both farming and 
blacksmithing. He lived to be eighty-three 
years of age, and his wife was ninety or over 
when she died. They had a large family of 
children. Dominicns and Andrew, his brother, 
carried on a farm together at Dover Neck, 
X.ll., for a few vears. Then Andrew took 
full charge, anil Dominicns, who was about 
twenty-five years old, came to Alton. At that 
time the town was only thinly settled, and the 
district in which Dominicns located afterward 
came to be known as the "Varney neighbor- 
hood." liesides profitably engaging in farm- 
ing, he ilid teaming for some years. Born in 
1787, he died in 1S66, nearly eighty years old. 
His wife, Polly Jones before marriage, was a 
daughter of Vaun Jones, of Portsmouth. They 
had five children — Thomas, Jnhn, Andrew, 
Lydia, and Tamson. With the excejition of 
I.ydia, all married and had children. Thomas, 
John, and Tamson have passed away. 

7\ndrew \'arncy attended the district 
schools of Alton. On finishing his schooling 
he took up trading in tin, and was in the busi- 
ness tor five vears. He then took up farming, 
and so long as he engaged in active labor was 
faithful to his second choice of an occupation, 
following it successfully until past seventy- 
five years of age. He retired in April, 1896, 
when he left his farm and came to his present 
home near Alton village. Politically, he 
was a Democrat, but never allowed politics 
to interfere with his business. He served 
three years as Ta.x Collector. 

On July 27, 1845, Mr. Varney married Miss 
Nancy Watson, daughter of Winthrop Watson. 
















; born to them, namely: 
and Clara banma. The 
4, IS,/,. Chna Ann is 
also deceased. Marietta is the wile ..I Chester 
A. Twomblcy. Clara lunma taught school 
until her mother's death, since which time she 
has kept house for her father. 

HARLKS W]';.SLb:Y TA.SKl'.K, one 
; the first and most prominent den- 
tists in Dover, [iractises his profes- 
sion in his well-ci|uipped and handsomely fur- 
nished rooms in the APisonic Temple, using 
the most improved dental implements. A 
native of Strafford County, he was born Sej)- 
tendx-r 17, 1S45, in the town of Rochester, 
where his father, Thomas J. Tasker, was then 
settled. Thomas J. Tasker, who wms born and 
reared in Madbury, this county, worked at the 
carpenter's trade in variuus places <luring the 
earlier years of his manhood. Afterward he 
turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, 
innchasing a farm in Rochester, where he 
resided until his death, December 4, iS.xr,, at 
the age of scventy-si.\ years. In iiolitics he 
was a Democrat, but was not active in alfairs. 
He married Miss Cmifort l!ickf(.nl, a native 
of Rochester, whosnivived him Init two weeks, 
having died Deccmlier 19, 1886, in the 
seventy-fourth year ot her age. Of their 
union seven sons were Ijorn, namely: (ieorge 
II., C, Charles W., J'aioch O. , Thomas 
J., Jr., P:ii B., and James F. George H. 
and James V. are now deceased. (ieorge 11., 
who was the eldest .son, served in the late war 
with the I'orty-first Mas.sachusctts Infantry 
under General Banks, and died ol fever at 
Baton Rouge, La. 

Charles Wesley Tasker lived on the home 
farm during his boyhood, attending succes- 
sively the district .scho.ds of Rochester and 


I'l-anklin Academy in Dover. When about 
twenty years old, lie l)ei;an business life as a 
clerk in a boot antl shoe store in this city, 
continuini;- thus employed for three years. 
Having saved some mone\-, he then began 
studying with Dr. Murphy, a well-known den- 
tist; and a year later he completed his dental 
education in Boston. Thereupon, returning 
to Dover, Dr. Tasker opened an ofifice here in 
April, iS6g. He has since continued in the 
practice of his profession, building up an 
e.xtensive and finely liaying patronage, and ac- 
quiring among his regular customers some of 
the leading families of Dover and vicinity. 

On October 9, i86g, Dr. Tasker was mar- 
ried to Miss Maria B. Newcomb, a native of 
Haverhill, Mass., and a daughter of Captain 
Jesse S. Newcomb, who was a sea captain for 
many years. Of the three children born to 
Dr. antl Mrs. Tasker, two successively named 
Grace, arc deceased. The elder died in in- 
fancy, and the second daughter at the age of 
six years and six months. r^Iadge, the third 
child, is now eleven years old. Both parents 
are members of tlie h'irst Congregational 
Church. Dr. Tasker is a consistent Republi- 
can ; but he has never been an aspirant for 
official honors, the duties of his profession 
deniaiulini; his entire time and attention. 

:ANK N. MERRH.L, a popular and 
highly respected citizen of Gilmanton, 
which he has served in many ]iositions 
of trust, was born in Boston, :\Iass., October 
27, 1.S51, son of George X. and Mary 
(Sleeper) Merrill. George N. Merrill is a 
native of Brewster, Me., where he learned the 
trade of a shoemaker, and was engaged in that 
occupation until his majority. On coming of 
age, he wx'ut to Massachusetts, w-here he se- 
cured work as lui artist. He has now a lucra- 

tive business in that line in Boston. His 
wife, Mary, a daughter of Jonathan Sleeiier, of 
Alton, X. H,, has borne him three children-- 
Flora, Ktta, and lMaid< X. Flora married 
Frank II. Vittum, of Lakei.ort. and has three 
children. l-Jta, who married Charles McCril- 
lis, and resides in l\(,)chester, X.ll., has one 

Frank N. Merrill attended the i>ublic 
schools of Boston for a time. At the age of 
ten years he came to Gilmanton with his par- 
ents, and lived there until he was twenty-one. 
He then went to Xew York City, and was en- 
gaged as a salesman. Being ambitious to bet- 
ter himself, he attended the evening high 
school in that city for a time. After living 
in New York foui- years, he came back to Gil- 
manton, liought a moderate-sized farm, and 
applied himself to its management, with the 
hope that the outdoor life would benefit his 
health. He subsetpiently secured a position 
as teacher in Alton, X.H., his mother's 
native town, and there taught at intervals for 
twenty years. He is now the instructor in the 
district school of his own neighborhood. Al- 
though so much of his time has been given to 
teaching, he has continued to carry on his 

In January, 1875, Mr. Merrill married Clara 
F. Page, daughter of Nathaniel I'age, of (iil- 
manton. After completing her education in 
Gilmanton Academy, she followed school teach- 
ing for a few years. She has two daughters — 
Florence B. and Ethel M. In politics Mr. 
Merrill is a Republican. In 1S95 li*-' was 
elected Tax Collector, and is now serving his 
second year in that cajiacity. He was Select- 
man for one year and Supervisor for several 
years. l'"or the jiast four years he has been a 
member of the School Board, of which he is 
now Chairman. He was elected to these 
offices by laige majorities, in some instances 


by an almost unaiiimuus vote, shnwiiiy the cmi- 
fulciK-c (if the people of Gilnianton in his 
aiiility and intc-rity. lie is affiliated with 
Ili-hiand Lodye, N,), 93, I. O. O. I'. ; an.l 
with Crystal Lake Gian-e, of Cilnianton. 
lie is a member of the Lake Street Chureh in 
New York City. 

•loRGK V. MORGAN, M.D., a lead- 
l3l ing representative of the younger 
practitioners of Strafford County, is 
actively engaged in the practice of his profes- 
sion in Dover. He was born June 22, 1 86 1, 
at New Gloucester, Cumberland County, Me., 
being one of a family of three children, two 
sons and a daughter, of Elisha M. and Rosella 
C. (Tucker) Morgan. His father was a farmer 
by occujiation ; and he was reared on the 
pai'ental homestead, where he assisted in the 
labors incidental to farm life. After attend- 
ing the district school until eighteen years of 
age, the future Doctor continued his studies at 
the Westbrook Seminary and Female College, 
Deering, Me., from which he was graduated in 
1S82. The following five years were spent as 
a teacher in the public schools. In the latter 
part of that period he began to read medicine 
with J. I. Sturgis, of New Gloucester. Subse- 
quently, entering Bowtloin College, he was 
graduated from the medical dei)artment of that 
institution in 1888. 

After receiving his diploma Dr. Morgan 
practised for a year in the Maine General Hos- 
l>ital, where as house surgeon he obtained 
much practical knowledge. In 1889 the Doc- 
tor came to Dover, where his professional 
career has been quite successful. During his 
residence in this city Dr. Morgan has iden- 
tified liimself with numerous societies. He is 
a member of the Maine Medical St)ciety, the 
Strafford District Medical Society, the New 

I Club, the New llamp- 
ty, and the Dover Medical 

shire Medical 
Society. He is also a Mason, having affil ia- 
tion with M.ises I'aul Lodge, lielknap Chap- 
ter, Orphan Council, St. I'aul Commandery, 
and Dover Consistory of Scottish Rile, thirty- 
second degree Masons. In politics the Doctor 
affiliates with the Republican party. Dr. 
Morgan was united in marriage December 22, 
1S93, with Miss Madge I-:. l':iliott, who was 
b.irn in Dover, Me., daughter of Dr. S. \V. 
and Sarah (Holman) l-'dliott. 

who was knc.iwn for many yeais as 
one of the most public-s[jirited citi- 
zens of Tilton, N.H., was born January 15, 
1839, son of Noah and Isabella Walker (Rich- 
ards) I'eabody. His great-grandfather, Samuel 
Peabody, who was born September 1 , 1 74 1 , 
and was a resitleut of Andover, Mass., married 
Elizabeth Wilkins, of Amherst. He <lied 
August 6, 1814, and his wife, July 18, iS3r,. 
Most of their children were born in Aiulover. 
Their son John, born July 15, 1775, was a 
millwright, carpenter, and cabinet-maker, and 
lived in New Boston. He married Mary Holt, 
and died June I, 1832. Of his children 
John, Samuel, and Sargon were farmers, 
Jacob was a brickmakcr, James and William 
were blacksmiths, Ezekiel ami Noah hatters, 
and Joseph a merchant. 

Noah Peabody, son of John and Mary (Ibdt) 
Pealjotly, was born Seiitember 4, 1810. He 
married Isabella Walker Richards, December 
g, 1834, and in 1842 removed from .Sutton, 
N.IL, to Sanbornton Bridge (now Tilton), 
where he opened a hatter's shop. He after- 
ward engaged in mercantile business, in which 
he continued for eighteen years with moilerate 
success. Desiring a change, he closed out 





aii.l flit. 

11. Tilton, JKcamc familiar with tl 
facturc of woollen -xiod.s, ami look the 
oi tinishcr. He rcmaincti there for many 
years, ar.d tinally was given the principal 
aire of the large business of the Tilton 
Mills. He was a member of the Congre- 
gational church, and highly esteemed as a 
citi/en and Christian. He died September 
II, 1S76, leaving the following children: 
Selwyn ]5ancroft, the date of whose birth is 
given ab()\e: James Van Ness, born October 
13, 1841: antl Georgianna Isabelle, born 
November 15, 1843, who married David V. 
Cheney, formerly of Franklin, N.ll., now of 
Lawrence, Mass. The second son succeeded 
his father as a finisher in the Tilton Mills. 
He married Susan Mary Rand, January i, 
1S65, and resides in Northfield. Their only 
child was born February 25, 1S71, and named 
Leon Bancroft. 

Selwyn 15. Peabody, the eldest son and the 
subject of this sketch, removed with his 
parents to Sanbornton Bridge when three years 
of age. He prepared for college at the Xew 
Hampshire Conference Seminary and Female 
College, and during this course of stuily he 
began to look u[ion the medical profession as 
the one of his choice. At its close he entered 
the office of Dr. Lyford at the " Bridge'" ; but 
after remaining there a short time he went to 
Lawrence, Mass., where Dr. Saxfcrth became 
his preceptor. He subsequently taught school 
at Sanbornton Bridge, now called Tilton, 
N.H., also at Northfield, and at Bellaire, 
Ohio. At the outbreak of the Southern Re- 
bellion he enlisted in the I'Ortieth Massachu- 
setts Volunteer Regiment, in whicli he ser\ed 
until the end of the war, taking part in many 
engagements, among them notably the siege of 
Suffolk; Baltimore Cross-roads, Va. ; siege 
of I'ort Wagner, S.C. ; Ten Mile Rmi 

and Bari^er's Ford, I'la. : Drcwry's ISluff, 
Petersburg Heights, and the siege of Peters- 
burg, liermuda Ilundretl, h'air Oaks, and the 
capture oi Richmond. He was wounded 
before Petersburg. P'lom his knowletlge of 
medicine he became \eiy efficient in the med- 
ical department of the army, and was on de- 
tached duty a portion of the time. Pie was in 
the Dispensary of Jarvis Hospital, l^altimore, 
and in the office of Provost Marshal at Gov- 
ernor's Island. 

On his return to the North Mr. Peabody 
entered' the drug store of Burleigh Brothers, of 
Boston, where he received a serious injury by 
falling through an open hatchway, from which 
he was a long time recovering. In 1869, his 
health having been somewhat delicate since 
the accident, he went into Tilton's Woollen 
Mill. Here he learned the business in all its 
branches; and shortly after the death of the 
proprietor, in 1S78, he was invited to become 
associated with the widow of Mr. Tilton in its 
management. In 1886 Mr. Peabody became 
the sole proprietor, and it was at his mill that 
the celebrated Tilton tweeds were made. In 
addition to these tweeds he also introduced 
certain styles of cassimeres, which have 
become staple in the general market. In the 
year 1880 he built a fine residence for himself 
adjoining the old Tilton place, on a gentle 
slope overlooking the mill in which he won 
his large financial success. 

On P'ebruary 7, 1867, he married ICli/abeth 
S., daughter of Darius M. ant! P:iizabeth Rich- 
ards, of New Bedford, Mass. They had three 
children: Leon Bancroft, born December 17, 
1867, who died March 22, 1868: an infant 
daughter born June 7, 1869; :uk1 Isabella 
Weston, born December 18, 1871. Mr. Pea- 
body died June 25, 1889. 

Before his death he had united with Pills- 
bury Brothers, and was arranging to more than 


double their manufacturing cajjacity. His 
individual enterprises were always pushed 
with vim and energy, and great results were 
effected in short periods of time. He erected 
some thirty neat commodious tenements, giv- 
ing excellent accommodation to his own oper- 
atives as well as providing homes for others. 
Vcw men were more liberal than he in con- 
tributing toward improvements of a public 
character, and his private charities were more 
numerous and more extensive than those of 
many a richer man. No sufferer or suffering 
came to his knowledge without tender of 
relief. Courteous and [ileasant in his bearing 
and address, and generous to a fault, he was 
at all times animated by noble and generous 
instincts. His death was an inestimable loss 
to his town. 

In politics a democrat, he represented his 
town in the legislature, servetl as Town Clerk, 
and was on the Hoard of Julucation. He was 
a Director of the Citizens' National ISank. 
He was a member of the ]3oric Lodge, 1<. & 
A. I\[., Tilton, (il which he was Past Master; 
also of St. Omer Chapter of Franklin, Pythago- 
rean Council of Laconia, and Mount Horeb 
Commandery of Concord. That he was well 
beloved by his fellow-members was testified to 
by A. S. Ballantyne, who on the 25th of Sep- 
tember, 1889, delivered a euh:)gy to his mem- 
ory at the Lodge of Sorrow, in which he paid 
a glowing tribute to him as a business man, 
friend, and citizen. lie was an attendant of 
the Congregational church, where he shared 
largely the financial responsibilities of the 
society. A devoted husband and father, in 
business he was one of the most honest and 
considerate of men; and in every relation in 
life his influence was for good. His memory 
is cherished in the hearts of all who have been 
made better and happier by their contact with 
his genial and ins[3iring jjersonality. 

representative business man of 
Dover, and one of its most promi- 
nent and jHjpular citizens, was born March 12, 
iSjo, in Saccarappa, Cumberland County, 
Me., where his father, the late Moses Abbott, 
was then engaged in general agriculture. 
Moses AbL)ott, whcj was born and reareil in 
Shapleigh, York County, Me., lived in differ- 
ent places, being employed in farming a jior- 
tion of the time, and for some years in ship- 
yards. In 1 85 5 he located in Dover, where he 
afterward resided until his death, when about 
fifty-eight years old. He married Miss Lottie 
Sanborn, of VVaterboro, Me., and they became 
the parents of eight children, namely: Ursula, 
Charles, Moses, Abby, and Lottie, who are de- 
ceased; Joseph S., the subject of this sketch; 
and Sarah and Anna, who are living. 

Joseph S. Abbott was educated in the 
schools of Waterboro and Kennelnmk, Me., 
remaining an inmate of the parental household 
until early manhood, when he began his active 
Inisiness career. Coming to Dover in Sep- 
tember, 1849, he secured a positicju in an oil- 
cloth carpet mill, in which he labored faith- 
fully for seven years and eight months, 
receiving at first but scant remuneration. 
Putting into practice the lessons of economy he 
had learned in childhood, Mr. Abbott saved a 
goodly portion of his wages. .After leaving 
the mill he purchased a pair of horses and a 
wagon, and established his present teaming 
business. From the beginning he met with 
prosperity, and was eacli successive season 
obliged to add to his equii)ments. He has 
now plenty of work in this city alone tor 
twenty-two horses, his ice business alone, 
which is one of the most extensive in the 
place, requiring several teams. Some years 
ago, with characteristic forethought, he pur- 
chased a large granite quarry in Durham, this 


i-ounty, and has since u|.cratcd it most snccess- 
fuUy, keeping ten men busily employed in the 
quarry and about the same number engaged 
in hauling the stone. lie has furnished the 
loundation stone for the City Hall, the 
Masonic Temple, and other prominent build- 
ings of Dover, including several of its large 
business houses and blocks. In 1865, near the 
end of the Civil War, Mr. Abbott, who was a 
Serjeant in the Strafford Guards, was sent with 
his company to Fort Constitution, where he 
remained until the cessation of hostilities. 
Afterward, continuing a member of the State 
militia, he was promoted to the rank of Major; 
but he was subsequently obliged to resign on 
account of his rapidly increasing business. 
Major Abbott subsequently accepted a com- 
mission in the Patriarch Militants, and for 
four years served as Colonel of the regiment. 
On May 14, 1891, the organization manifested 
its esteem for him by presenting him with a 
valuable watch and chain, which he prizes 

Major Abbott married Miss Delia Brownell, 
daughter of William and Lydia Brownell, of 
this city. Of their seven children, five are 
deceased. The survivors are: lielle, the wife 
of William K. Vickery, living in Lewiston, 
Me. ; and Samuel B., who is engaged in busi- 
ness with his father. In his political affilia- 
tions Major Abbott is a Republican, and he 
has been active in local affairs. I'or six- 
teen years he was connected with the police 
force, .serving in the various grades from 
])rivate to city marshal. He has often been 
urged to acce|)t other iminjrtant positions in 
the city government, but he has declined all 
nominations for the same. He is a member 
in high standing of Mount Pleasant Lodge, 
I. O. O. F., and the encampment, I. O. O. F. ; 
of Olive Branch Lodge, No. 6, K. of V. ; of 
Wanalancet Tribe, No. 7, I. O. R. M. ; and 

of Sawyer Post, C. A. R. He is nnt a 
her of any church, but he contributes : 
ously to the support of religious worship 

the only practising physician in 
Barnstead, was born in Bath, Me., 
PY'bruary 26, 1858, son of George and Eliza- 
beth (Farrin) Hawley. George Hawley, who 
was for many years engaged in the ship-build- 
ing business at Bath, but has lived retired 
since 1893, is now in his seventy-third year. 
Active in local affairs, he has been a promi- 
nent man. He is a member of the Congrega- 
tional church. Elizabeth, his wife, is a 
daughter of Lazarus Farrin, a large and suc- 
cessful farmer in West Bath. She bore him 
eight children; namely, Clara, James W., 
Emma, George IL, Greenleaf, lulwartl, John, 
and Annie. Annie died in infancy; Clara is 
the wife of Fred Klippel, a clothing dealer of 
Bath, Me.; James W. , who is married, and 
makes his home in New Haven, Conn., is a 
sea captain; Emma is the wife of Charles G. 
Pratt, who was formerly in the dry-goods busi- 
ness in Woonsocket, R.I.; Greenleaf is a sea 
captain, and lives in New York City; Edward, 
who died in 1895, received the degree of Doc- 
tor of Medicine from Bowdoin Medical Col- 
lege, and was a practising physician in Chi- 
cago, 111. ; John follows the wood and lumber 
business in Barnstead, N.H. 

George H. Hawley first attended the public 
schools of Bath, Me. Afterward he took a 
course at the Bowdoin Medical School, Bruns- 
wick, Me., and there received the degree of 
Doctor of Medicine. He began the practice 
of his profession at Milton Mills, N.H., where 
he remained for a year. From there, in 187S, 
he came as a stranger to Barnstead, which 
then had other physicians. Since then his 


skill and fidelity to duty have won the confi- 
dence of the people, and his geniality, ready 
wit, ami sympathy, their friendship; and he 
has succeeded in building up a lucrative prac- 
tice. In the brief leisure which the demands 
of his profession have left, Dr. Hawley is oc- 
casionally heard [ilaying the violin, banjo, or 
piano, which are his favorite musical instru- 
ments. He is a member of the Barnstead 
orchestra. In political affiliation he is a 
Democrat, and in 18S5 and 18S6 he repre- 
sented l?arnstead in the New nam[)shire 
legislature. He belongs to the Masonic 
order, and is a member of Corinthian Lodge 
in Pittsfield, and St. Paul Connnantlery, 
K. T., of Dover. 

In December, 18S0, Dr. Hawley and Miss 
Carrie E. Young were united in marriage. 
She was a daughter of George Young, who 
died in Georgia during the war of the Rebell- 
ion, going (lut with the Second Massachusetts 
Heavy Artillery. l?y her mother, Sarah A. 
(Bickford) Young, she was a descentlant of 
one of the first settlers of this town. Mrs. 
Hawley attended tiie Salem Normal School, 
after which she studied instrumental music in 
Concord, N.H., and then gave piano lessons 
until some time after her marriage. For a 
number of years she was the organist of the 
Congregational church in Centre Barnstead. 
She died April 7, 1897. 

fONATHAN J1':NKINS is well known 
in the town of Madbury, Strafford 
County, as one of its most able and 
[irosijcrous agriculturists. He was b(_irn Octij- 
ber 2, 1824, on the farm where he now resides, 
son of Ephraim Jenkins, and the grandson of 
the late Jonathan Jenkins. The latter, who 
bought the most of this property many years 
ago, spent the remainder of his life uj-ion it. 

dying in 1830, aged seventy-six years. His 
wife, whose maitlen name was Mercy Varney, 
survived him fifteen years, ilying in 1845, aged 
eighty-nine years. Their bodies were interred 
in the family cemetery on an adjoining farm, 
which was occupied many years by ancestors 
of the family, and is still held in the name. 

Eiihraini Jenkins, who was a farmer, spent 
all his active years on the homestead, a large 
part of which he assisted in redeeming from 
the wilderness. He toiled with unremitting 
diligence, and in course of time fields of grain 
took the places previously covered with trees. 
Here he and his good wife passed their declin- 
ing years. He died April 23, 1S57, aged 
seventy-seven years; and she, June 5, 1859, 
aged seventy-two. They were the parents of 
seven children; namely, Caroline, Mary A., 
Hannah J., Sarah, Elizabeth, Jonathan, and 
Ephraim. Of these, Jonathan is the only sur- 
vivor. Mary Ann, who had survived her hus- 
band, the late Isaac M. Nute, of Ddver, died 
January 6, 1897. 

Jonathan Jenkins acquired his early educa- 
tion in the district schools and at the Durham 
Academy. Having received from his parents 
a practical training in agriculture, he became 
a farmer from choice. After the death of his 
father he and his brother Ephraim owned the 
farm together for a time, managing it' in part- 
nership. In 1863 he bought the interest of 
Ephraim in the homestead property, and has 
since been successfully engaged as a general 
farmer, lumberman, and stock-raiser. The 
farm, containing one hundred and fifty acres 
of land, has been much improved by Mr. 
Jenkins. It is equipped with the needetl 
machinery and implements. Its buildings are 
in good repair, and the estate gives every- 
where unmistakable indications of the skill 
and industry of its pi'oprietor. 

Mr. Jenkins has been twice married. By 


his tirst iiKirriat^c, which was contracted Du- 
ccmljcr 22, 1859, he was wedded to Miss 
Martha Kmery. She die.l September 17, 
1S74, having borne him four children. Of 
those, Melvin \V. died January 20, 1864; antl 
IClmer C, on Septeniljcr 7, 1S74. Horace W. 
and Herbert T. arc still living. His second 
wife, whose maiden name was Miss I'Lllen F. 
Jenness, (lied January 25, 1895, leaving no 
issue. In politics Mr. Jenkins is a sound Re- 
publican, and he has taken an active interest 
in public matters. 15esides serving as Select- 
man of the town in 1879 and I.S80, he repre- 
sented Madbury very acceptably in the State 
legislature in 1881. 

enterprising and successful young 
business man of Gilmanton, was 
boni here September 23, 1868, son of George 
W. and Angeline V. (Smith) Edgerly. The 
father owned a large farm, and was engaged in 
carrying it on until his death. At one time 
he made a specialty of stock-raising, and 
owned some of the fastest horses in the State. 
His wife, who is a daughter of Augustus 
Smith, a shoemaker, had two sons — Frank 
and Walter J. Frank died at the age of two 
years. The father died in 1873. He was a 
member of the Free Baptist church. 

When his father died Walter Joseph Edgerly 
was but five years old. After finishing his 
education, which was acquired in the district 
school, with a few hundred dollars as capital 
he t)[)ened a grocery store in Gilmanton. 
Managing wisely, business increased; and he 
was encouraged to extend his operations by 
purchasing grain in carload lots. This vent- 
ure proved so successful that it now demands 
more attention than the grocery business. In 
1894 he opened a livery business, with E. 

Marsh as partner. In April, 1895, he took 
Mr. Marsh into partnership in the groceiy 
business. Another enterprise conducted by 
him is a cider-mill, fitted up with the latest 
improved machiner)-, and capable of giving 
between thirty and thirty-five hundred gallons 
per day. He was also instrumental in the 
formation of the Granite State Soap and Fer- 
tilizing Company, incorporated in this State 
in October, 1896, chiefly for the manufacture 
of washing powder. According to testimo- 
nials already received from merchants wh(.) 
have handled it, this article promises to be 
come very popular. Since he attained his legal 
majority, Mr. Edgerly has been accepted as 
bondsman on different occasions for prominent 
town officials. With all his business he finds 
time to interest himself in his mother's farm, 
which contains about two hundretl and fifty 
acres, and in 1895 yielded a thousand bushels 
of potatoes. Her home is filled with boarders 
during the summer months of the year. 

In 1894 Mr. Edgerly married Miss Anna 
Cogswell, a graduate of Gilmanton Academy, 
and a daughter of the Hon. Thomas Cogswell, 
Pension Agent for the State of New Hamp- 
shire. In 1893 Mr. Edgerly was appointed 
Postmaster of Gilmanton by President Cleve- 
land. Although actively interested in poli- 
tics, he is not an office-seeker. He is a mem- 
ber of Crystal Eake Grange, No. 10 1. 

FORGE S. CAVI':RN0, an extensive 
and energetic farmer, dairy man, and 
itock-raiser of Durham, was born in 
the town of Strafford, this county, July i, 
1842. His father, George W. Caverno, was 
a lifelong resident of Strafford, where he was 
numbered among its most esteemed citizens. 
The Caverno family, which is of Scotch-Irish 
descent, has been distinguished for integrity. 


industry, and thrift. Its first representative 
in tliis part of New England was one Artliur 
Cavcrno, wiio located on the old family home- 
stead in Strafford between the years 1735 and 
1740. This property descended in direct line 
to George W. Caverno. The latter married 
IVIary Hayes, and by her became the father of 
George S. and Jonathan Caverno. 

George S. Caverno completed his education 
in the academies of Strafford and New Hamp- 
ton. When seventeen years old, being still a 
student, he engaged in teaching, and subse- 
quently followed it for five or more years. In 
1867, striking out for himself in an entirely 
new direction, Mr. Caverno went West, as far 
as Junction River, Kansas, where he succeeded 
in establishing a good business in stock deal- 
ing, in which he continued until 1874. Re- 
turning then to the place of his birth, he had 
charge of tlie old home farm for some years. 
In 1886 he came to Durham; and, purchasing 
the one hundred and twenty-eight acres of land 
contained in his present farm, he at once 
settled on it, and has since been counted 
among the foremost agriculturists of the com- 
munity. His farm is well furnished and 
stocked; and he carries on general husbantlry, 
dairying, and stock-gi'owing, with much profit. 

Mr. Caverno was united in marriage Janu- 
ary 30, 1866, with Miss Ida S. Hanson, a 
daughter of Horatio G. and Irene Hanson, of 
Dover. The only child born to Mr. and Mrs. 
Caverno died in youth. During his brief resi- 
dence in this locality Mr. Caverno has iden- 
tified himself with the best interests of the 
place. He is a Justice of the Peace, and has 
served as Selectman of Durham, having been 
elected on the Republican ticket, which he 
invariably supports from principle. He is not 
a member of any religious organization, but 
contributes generously toward the support of 
public worship. 

"'Cm)/aLDO CHASl-: VARNICV, mer- 
VSy chant in Alton, was born in that 
town, July 2<), 1871, son of Allen 
and F.sther (Chase) Varney. His great- 
graiulfather, Thomas Varney, came to Alton 
from Rochester, N.Il., and was a tailor by 
trade. The children of Thomas were: I'ris- 
cilla, Ira, Paul, Martha, Joshua A., and Jona- 
than. Of these children, Martha, born Octo- 
ber 19, 1800, was married to Dr. Thomas 
Shannon, of Moultonboro, N.H. Dr. Shan- 
non, who was a graduate of Dartniduth Col- 
lege and a successful ph)'sician of high stand- 
ing, died in the eighty-first year of his age. 
Mrs. Shannon still survives him, being at the 
present time ninety-six years of age, remark- 
ably well prcservetl, with her memory still 
good ami mind very clear. Quite active for 
one of her age, she attended camp-meeting in 
the summer of 1891; and at the centennial 
celebration of Alton in 1896 she was a jiromi- 
nent figure. Paul Varney, the grandfather of 
the subject of this sketch, married Polly 
Chamberlain, daughter of Captain Jacob 
Chamberlain. They had five children — 
Allen, Paul, Lavona, Pjnma, and Andrew. 
Of these children Allen married for his first 
wife a Miss Perkins. His second wife was 
P:sther ( Varney, daughter of Green leaf 
Ciiase. By the second marriage he had two 
children — Frank A. and Waldo C. Frank 
has married Carrie A. Lang. 

Waldo Chase Varney, the subject of this 
sketch, attended the ]5ublic schools in Alton, 
and later Phillips IC.xeter Academy for a period 
of three years. After returning to his home 
he entered the employ of John Collins, a shoe 
manufacturer. He was a member of the firm 
Demerritt & Varney Brothers, who started in 
business December 10, 1896. They keep a 
large stock of general merchandise in a store 
remodelled especially for them, witii ample 


accommodation : and their outlook is very 
favorable. Mr. \'arney has been Town Clerk 
for two years. He has also been one of the 
foremost workers in the interest of the new 
town library, is at present one of its Trustees, 
and also acts as librarian at certain times, 
without remuneration. In jiolitics Mr. Var- 
noy is a Republican, and he has constantly 
voted with his party. He is the .Secretary of 
the Republican Club of Alton. Of a i^enial 
character and public-spirited to a high degree, 
he is one of Alton's most ])opular young men. 

skilful physician of Dover, was horn 
II his present home, August 30, 
1X52. His father, the venerable ])r. Paul A. 
-Stackpole, who has been numbered among the 
leading citizens of Dover for more than half 
a century, married Miss Elizabeth G. Hills, of 
Haverhill, who died in early life, leaving 
three children. A more extended account 
(,[ the life of Dr. Paul A. .Stackpnle, to be 
found on audther page, will have interest for 
many readers. 

Having received his preliminary education 
in the common schools of his native cit)', 
1 larry H. Stackpole comjileted a special 
course of study at the Dover High School 
when seventeen years of age. With a view of 
becoming familiar with the ihiig trade, he 
afttM-ward became a clerk in the drug sture of 
William II. Vickery. A few years later he 
went to Charlestown, Mass. Subsequently, 
friim 1X72 to 1S76, he was Assistant Post- 
master of Everett, Mass., where he also con- 
ducted a drug store. l""ollowing this he suc- 
ceeded Toppan & Co. in their express business 
between Dover and l?oston, and managed it for 
a brief period. In i.S/G he was special cor- 
res]3ondcnt for the Globe Associated Press at 

the Centennial ICxposition in Philadelphia. 
Disposing of his express interest to Jackson & 
Co. in the latter part of 1877, he establi.shed 
himself in the drug trade in East Cambridge, 
Mass., and carried it on for several years. 
Eor some time after this he was engaged in 
managing business for othei- druggists in and 
around iSoston. In July, iS.STi, he was ad- 
mitted to the medical dei)artment of Dart- 
mouth C(dlege, from which he graduated in 
the fall of 18S7. Plaving received his degree, 
Dr. Stackpole returned to his home in Dover 
to enter upon the practice of his profession, 
and has since made this his abiding-place. In 
1S89 he went and further cpialified him- 
self for his profession by courses of .study and 
clinical experience in the principal hospitals 
of X'ienna, Berlin, Paris, and Eondon. Since 
his return in the fall of i8go the Doctor has 
continued his professional duties with renewed 
zeal, and built up a good practice, in a large 
measure relieving his father from his severe 

While an uncompromising Democrat am! 
active and intluential in local affairs, Dr. 
Stackpole has never been an as|)irant for polit- 
ical honors. He is a member of Putnam 
Lodge, E. & A. M., of East Cambridge, 
Mas.s. ; of New pjiglantl Lodge, No. 4, and 
N. E. Encampment, No. 34, I. O. O. E., of 
the same place; and of Prescott Camp, No. 7, 
I. O. (). E., of Chariest. nvn, Mass. In 1878 
he was united in marriage to Lizzie A. Mc- 
Daniel, daughter of Dr. David and Almira C. 
McDaniel. They have one child, Charlotte 
p:iizabeth, born in October, 1S78. 


TRUP: CASS, the Presi- 
f the Citizens' National Hank 
ami Treasurer of the lona Savings 
Piltoii, was born in Andover, N. H., 



February 7, iS2C>, son of l^enjamin and Sarah 
(True) Cass. His great-grandfather was 
Nason Cass. The grandfather, Chandler Cass, 
a native of Epping, was a prosperous farmer 
and car|ienter of Andover for the greater part 
of Ills life. Ikujamin Cass, father of William 
T. , was born in Andover in 1789, He grew 
to maniiood as a farmer; and in 1S33 he 
settled in riymouth, N.H., where he tilled the 
soil until 1853. He then removed to that part 
of Sanbornton that is now the town of Tilton ; 
and, [lurchasing a got)d farm, he oceupied it 
for the rest of his life. He died in i 866. In 
politics he was a Democrat. His wife, Sarah, 
who was a daughter of William True, of An- 
<lover, reared four of her children, namely: 
Hannah, who married Jason C. Draiicr, of 
I'lymouth; I'.enjamin h'., a resident of I'ilton; 
William T. , the subject of this sketch; and 
Sarah H., who is now Mrs. I\euben ]>. Locke, 
of Tilton. The parents were members of the 
Methodist Episcopal church. 

William True Cass began his education in 
the iHiblic schools, and his studies were com- 
jileted at Holmes Academy in Plymouth. 
U|ion reaching manhootl he adopted agriculture 
with the intention of following it through life, 
and was engaged in that occupation for some 
time. He subsequently decided to accept the 
[losition of Cashier of the Citizens' Bank of 
Tilton, and relinquished farming to enter upon 
his new duties in January, 1856. This bank 
was reorganized, and became the Citizens' 
National Bank in 1865; and he continued as 
its Cashier until elected President in i88g. 
The lona Savings ]?ank was chartered in 1870, 
with Mr. Cass as Treasurer, which office he 
still holds. In politics he was originally a 
Democrat, but since the breaking out of the 
Civil 'VVar he has been a Republican. He 
served as Moderator at town meetings in San- 
bornton for three years and in Tilton for five 

years, and he was Town Treasurer of Tilton 
for two years. 

On September 18, 1851, Mr. Cass was 
united in marriage with Mary iMiiery Locke, 
born in 1830, daughter of .Samuel 15. Locke, ol 
Concord. Of their four children, two lived l<< 
maturity, namely — Mary Addie and Arthur T. 
Mary Addie, born March 5, i8r)3, is the wife 
of Abel W. Reynolds, of Somerville, Mass. 
Arthur T. Cass, who was born April 9, 1865, 
fitted for cidlege at the New Hampshire Con- 
ference Seminary, but ditl not take a collegiate 
course, preferring to enter the banking busi- 
ness at once. He has practically grown up in 
that business, as he began to make entries 
when fourteen years old; and he succeeded his 
father as Cashier of the Citizens' National 
bank in 1889. On May 16, 1894, he wedded 
Mary W. Packard, daughter of Liberty D. 
Packard, M.D., of South l^oston, Mass., and 
has one son — Kingman Packard, born April i, 
1895. Arthur T. Cass is connected with 
Doric Lodge, No. 78, I''. & A. M., and in 
politics acts with the Repuldican jiarty. The 
entire family are memliers of the Methodist 
P^piscopal church ; and William T. Cass was 
formerly President of the Board of Trustees, 
and has been a class leader for forty years. 
Mr. Cass has also been a Trustee of New 
Hampshire Conference Seminary and b'emale 
College for over twenty-fi\'e years, and was 
Treasurer of the institution for seventeen 

ARD ]?. PLUMMER, a prominent 
resident of Milton, N.IL, and ex- 
Sheriff of Strafford County, was 
born in the house he now owns and occupies, 
June 18, 1846, son of pjioch W. and Orinda 
(Ayers) Plummer. The Plummer homestead 
was cleared by his great-gr.lndfather. Bard 
Plummer, Sr., who came here from Rochester, 


Jr., grandfather of 
the farm: and after 
h W., inlierited the 

N.ll. Hard I'luinniei 
Hard R, next cultivate 
his death his son, V.u 

I'aioth W. I'lummer was an ahU' farmer and 
one of the leading residents of Milton in his 
day, ser\ing as Representative to the legis- 
lature. Ill his latter years he supported the Re- 
jinhlican jiarty in ]iolitics. He was a Congre- 
gational ist in religion, and served as a Deacon 
of that church for forty years. I<'or several 
years he held a ColoneTs commission in the 
old State militia. He died in 1896, aged 
eighty-one years. He and his wife, Orinda 
Ayers, who is a native of Wakefield, N.H,, 
hecame the ]iarent.s of seven children, four of 
whom are li\'ing, namely: Mary 15., wife of 
S. W. Wallingford; Sarah, wife of the Rev. 
V. Haley; Fanny W., wife of Dr. J. H. Twom- 
bly, of Milton; and Hard ]!., the subject of 
this sketch. 

l?ard 15. Plummcr, after leaving the common 
schools, attended the Wakefield Academy and 
the Maine State College. When his educa- 
tion was comiileted he returned to the home- 
stead, and he has since given his attention to 
general farming. He owns five hundred acres 
of excellent land, which is desirably located: 
and he makes it a point to avail himself of 
modern improvements in the practice of agri- 
culture. As an active su[)porter of the Repub- 
lican party he has figured conspicuously in 
jiublic affairs. For five years he was a mem- 
ber of the School Board. He was High 
.Sheriff of Strafford County from i(S92 to 1894, 
during which time he had charge of the county 
jail in Dover, and was appointed Deputy 
Sheriff by his successor, James E. Hayes. 
He is a member of the Board of Trustees of 
the Nute High School of Milton. 

Mr. I'lummer married Fli/a D. Went worth, 
daughter of John J. Wentworth, of Jamaica 

Plain, Mass. They have four childre 
namely: Lucia C. : Fanny W. ; Bard B., w 
is attending Durham College: and Orinda. 

In Masonry Mr. I'lummer is well ath'ance 
being a Past Master of Unity Lodge, P". 
A. M., of pinion, N.H., of which he was Sc 
retary for nineteen years; a member of Colui 
bia Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of P'armin 
ton, N.H.; and of .St. Paul Commander 
Knights Templar, of Dover. He is also P; 
Dictator of Love Lodge, Knights of Honor, 
pinion. He is a member of the Congreu 
tional church, and succeeded his father as 

/^^RKN NASON R0BP:RT.S, Supervisor 
i)^^ of Roads, Meredith, was born in this 
\-^ town, April 16, 1S38, son of Thomas 
and Nancy C. (Wiggin) Roberts. His grand- 
father, Leavitt Roberts, who was probably a 
native of Meredith, jiassed the active period of 
his life in this town, occupieil in general 

Thomas Roberts was born in Meredith, 
September 11, 1812. After leaving school 
he went to Ouinc\', Mass., where he was em- 
ployed in the stone quarries for several sum- 
mers. He then worked as a farm assistant 
until after his marriage, when he bought a 
liiece of agricultural property in Meredith, 
was engaged in its cultivation for the rest of 
his life, and died December 3, 1S86. He 
voted with the Democratic party, but was not 
active in political affairs. His wife, Nancy, 
was a daughter of Winthrop Wiggin, who was 
a jjrosperous farmer and a lifelong resident of 
Meredith. Winthrop Wiggin, a well-known 
man, and conversant with the current topics of 
the day, was a Democrat in politics. He 
married Hannah Cate, and had a family of 
five children — Betsey, Nancy C, Ann, 
George, and Smith. Mrs. Thomas Roberts 


became the mother of four children, as fol- 
lows: Oren N., the subject of this sketch; 
George Smith Roberts, who resides in Chi- 
cao-o; I'ljen Fisk, a resident of Medford, 
Mass. ; and Frank, who lives in Mere.lith. 
lioth parents were Second Advent ists. 

Oren Nason Roberts acquired a public- 
school education, and then went tr) ]5righton, 
Mass., for the jjurpose of learning the butch- 
ering business. After remaining there eight 
years, he spent the succeeding si.v years in 
Medford, Danvers, and f^oston, Mass. Upon 
his retinii to Meredith he became associated 
with his brntlier George, and Simeon Wad- 
leigh, in the manufacture of ploughs, under 
the hrni name of the Wadleigh Plough Coni- 
])any, a connection that lasted four years. In 
1.S74 he bought his present farm of si.xty 
acres, which he has since cultivated. I''or 
several years past he has been .Supei\'isor of 
Roads. He was supervisor of the check list 
for two years, and served with ability for the 
same length of time as a member of the lioard 
of Selectmen. In politics he is a Democrat. 

On May 29, i<S64, Mr. Roberts wedded 
Julia Ann Smith, daughter of Clark Smith, of 
lirighton, Mass., and now has five children. 
These are: Vrcd S., a resident of Laconia; 
Fmnia N., the wife of Wilbur \V. l^allard, of 
Meredith; Charles N., of this town; Marry 
¥., who resides in Allston, Mass. ; and liertie 
C. Mr. Roberts is connected with W'innepe- 
saukee Grange, Patrons of Ihisbandiy. lie 
and Mrs. Roberts are nieml)ers of the Itaptist 
church, and for several years he has acted as 
the clerk of the society. 

-AMES CORSON, a practical and pro 
gressive agriculturist of I^ast Roches 
ter, was born February 15, 1S45, i 
Ward One of this township, son of Michael E 

Corson, and grandson of Joseph Corson, who 
was the founder of the family in this locality. 
Michael E. Corson was born m R.uhester in 
iSoS, and here spent his fourscore years of lilr, 
dying in iSS.S. He w;is a farmer ]))■ occupa- 
tion, and did his share in clearing the land. 
He married Mary Putler, who was h.irn and 
reared in ISerwick, Me. She bore bini four 
children, namely: John, ,,f Haverhill, Mass.; 
Hiram, of Roljinsfoi,!, this county; James, 
the subject of this sketch; and N:iluim, of 
Rochester, N.H. 

James Corson was rearcil to m:in's estate on 
the home faini, in the winter season being a 
regular attendant of the district school. He 
labored on the farm (hiring .seed time and 
harvest throughout his boyhood. On reaching 
man's estate he emlnuketl in business on his 
own account, establishing himself as a gener:il 
farmer and lumberman. P'rom time to time 
he made judicious investments in land, ;ind is 
now the possessor of eight hundred :icres, 
lying in Strafford County. He is engaged 
to some extent in stock-raising, having now 
abfiut forty head of cattle; and he m:d<cs a 
specialty of hay, of which he cuts about one 
hundred tons annually. In p(ditics he is an 
active supi)orter of the Republican p:irty, with 
which he has always lieen identified. b'or two 
years he served as Selectman, antl foi- :i num- 
ber of terms he w^^s Surveyor of Rochester. 

Mr. Clorson was married March 3, 1877, 
to Mary E. Curtis, d.inghter ol Cyrus K. Ciu- 
tis, of Rochester. Mr. am! Mrs. Corson have 
seven children, five of whom are living. 
These are: P'reeman, born January 3, i<S7,S, a 
student at Dartmouth College; lulna, l)orn 
May 31, 1880; Grace, born August 15, 1S86; 
Nellie W., born April 2, 1S88; and liertha 
L. , born January 24, 18113. Wood bm-y died 
October 6, 18S5, and I. ilia May died Decem- 
ber 2, 1896. Mr. Corson and family attend 


the Baptist church at ICast Rochester, ami 
tribute liberally toward its support. 

ia)RGI-: ANI)Ki:\V nillJiRlCK, 
he proprietor of the I'hilbrick 
.I.,use, ICast Tilton, was born in this 
town, December 17, 1S50, son of Andrew and 
Ruth II. (riiilbrick) I'hilbrick. The Phil- 
bricks are descendants of Thomas and h:iiza- 
iieth rhilbrick, natives of Lancashire, Eng- 
land, who emigrated with their children to 
Naumkcag (Salem, Mass). This family after- 
ward moved to Watertown, and finally settled 
in Hamilton, N.H., where the will of Thomas 
Philiirick was probated August 8, 1667. 
James, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Phil- 
brick, married Ann Roberts, of Dover, N.H. 
lie was drowned in the Hampton River. 
James I'hilbrick (seconil), who was a mariner, 
wedded Hannah Perlsine, of Hampton. 
Nathan I'hilbrick, born August 19, 1697, mar- 
ried Dorcas, daughter of James Johnson, and 
died April 23, '794, being then ninety-seven 
years old. 

Hcnjamin I'hilbrick, the great-grandfather 
of the subject of this sketch, was a native of 
Hampton, and one of seven brothers who 
settled in this section. He resided here for 
the rest of his life, and died January 23, 1808. 
On December 15, 1757, he married Sarah, 
daughter of Shubael Page, of Hampton; and 
she died Jidy 19, 1S31, aged ninety-seven 
years. Josiah Philbrick, the grandfather, 
a native of Hampton, born March 12, 1777, 
was a fisherman previous to settling in San- 
bornton, where he f(d lowed the trade of a 
blacksmith in connection with farming for the 
rest of his active period, and died January 18, 
1868. He wedded Mary hllkins, who was born 
in Rye, N.H., June 25, 1781, and died De- 
cember 13, 1867. 

Andrew Philbrick, George A. Philbricks" 
father, born in Hampton, August 27, 1803, 
was eleven years old when his parents settled 
in Sanhornton. He succeeded to the owner- 
ship of the homestead, now the property of his 
son. and included within the township of Til- 
ton. He carried on farming during the active 
period of his life, and was respected as an 
honorable man and a useful citizen. Fond of 
reading, he was well informed on all the ques- 
tions of his day; but he never aspired to polit- 
ical prominence. On November 15, 1S32, he 
married his cousin, Ruth H. I'hilbrick, who 
was born Ajiril 13, 1S07, daughter of Reuben 
Philbrick, of Sanbornton. ]5y her he became 
the father of seven children — Rebecca E., 
Charles R., Sarah Ann, Oliver D. , Nelson 
A., HuldaJ.,and George A. Rebecca E. is 
now the widow of Charles Henry Jaques, late 
of ICast Tilton; Charles R. resides in Ikida, 
111. ; and Oliver D. is a resident of East Til- 
ton. Andrew Philbrick died in April, 1887, 
and his wife on December 11, 1876. Both 
were active members of the Methodist l-Lpis- 
copal church. 

George Andrew Philbrick acquired his edu- 
cation in the district schools. He has always 
resided at the homestead, which came into his 
possession after his father's death. The estate 
contains ninety-five acres of land, about 
twenty-five of which he cultivates, raising 
general farm products. He keeps seven cows, 
two horses, antl a small flock of sheep. The 
Philbrick House, which he erected in 18S2, is 
situated about one mile from the railroad 
station and the The main build- 
ing is thirty-eight feet square; and the ell is 
thirty-eight by twenty, with an addition 
twenty-four by twenty feet. Pleasantly 
located, overlooking Winnisquam Eake, which 
is a beautiful sheet of water surrounded by 
wooded hills, the house accommodates forty 


guests. The locality is healthy, as well as 

lanil. Me. ; and of their union one child has 

picturesque, and affords a pleasant and agree- 

been born — Bessie I. I'arker. Politically, 

able retreat during the heated term. 

Mr. I'arker is identified with the Republican 

Mr. I'hilbriek married Anna M. Nelson, 

part)', in which he is an ,-icti\e worker; and 

daughter of Hiram Nelson, formerly of .San- 

he is iKiw ser\dng his third term as l)e|iiit)' 

l)ornt(ni. In polities he sujiports tin- Repub- 

.Sheriff of Strafford County. He belmigs t.. 

lican paity, and he is a member of ihe 

various secret organizations, being a member 

Wiunisquam Grange. 

of Strafb.r.l Lodge, No. 29, V. & A. M., of 

Dover; of Olive Branch Lodge, No. r,, K. of 


1'., of this city, of which he is I'ast Chancel- 

f 3; b:(.)RGI': W. I"ARKb:R, propriet<M- of 

lor; and member of the Grand Lodge cf New 

y^J a hack, livery, sale, and feed stable in 

Hampshire. Mr. I'arker is not identified with 

Dover, .Strafford County, N.I I., is 

any chinch, Init contiibutes tow.ird the main 

carrying on a sulistantial business, and is (Hie 

tenaiue ..f the b'irst iniKil Clunch, 

of the best known men in his line in the city. 

of which his wife and daughter are members. 

lie w;is born Apiil 2.4, 1S47, in Comptim, 

I'rovince of (Juebec, a son of Daniel V. and 

(')-nlhia I. Parkei'. lie was brought up on a 

(^>rPK.AIIAM L. MORRISON, whose 

farm, and during his younger days assistetl his 

1^ widow resides in Laconia, was the 

paients in the daily routine of an agricultmal 

/»^1A^ last of the ohl stage-driveis of the 

life, the chores about the house naturally falling 

Winnepesaukee \alle)'. He was horn Decem- 

ti> liis share; and during the winter seasons he 

ber 4, iSiS, in .Sanliornton, N. II., sdii ol 

was constant in his attendance at the district 

Afiraham and Hannah (Lane) Morrison. His 

school. When eighteen years old Mr. I'arker 

parents had twelve children, uf whom the sur- 

started in life for himself, and has since been 

vivors are Daniels T. and Mis. Judith I''"g.iA. 

a self-supporting member of society. Going 

of Methuen, Mass.; and .Samuel \V. , of .S;in- 

first to Lowell, Mass., he worked for two years 

bornton. In 1S42 Mr. Morrison came td 

with E. T. Brigham, one of the leading pho- 

Laconia, and liecame the driver of the stagt.' 

tographers of that city. Coming subseepiently 

running between here and lloUlerness, now 

to Dover, he was engaged in similar work in a 

Ashland. In the great fire of iS4r, the 

studio here for five years. He then entered an 

stalde on Go\-e Place was burned, and with it 

entirely new field of labor, opening a bakery. 

the stage and fittings. He next became tlu' 

which he managed almut three years, at the 

prnprietor of the Farmer Hotel, which was on 

end of that time becoming the pi ii|)rietiir of a 

the route of several stage lines, including 

meat market, wdiich he conducted seven years. 

running to Concord, and conducted it for 

He then disposed of his shop, and purchased 

eleven years. Beginning in 1856, he had 

his present business, in which he is meeting 

charge of the Willard House for thirteen )'ears. 

with undisputed success, having a well stocked 

and then disposed of it to George H. I>:verett. 

and thoroughly equipped stable in a most favor- 

After that he embarked in livery-keeping on 

able location. 

Gove Place, where he was in business up to 

On the first day of January, 1869, Mr. I'ar- 

about iSSf), when he sold out and reliie<L 

ker married Miss Mary Hall, a native of Gar- 

In his early life Mr. Morrison had a stage 


line ninnin.t; to Centre Haiixir; and until 
the introdiRtinn of tlie railway in iS4,S he 
and the late John Little, also <if Laconia, 
made the trips alternately. In his later years 
Mr. Morri.son was in poor health. Soon after 
a visit to Hrockton, Mass., to sjicnd Thanks- 
giving, he was taken sick with his last illness, 
and thereafter gradually failed until his death 
hy a paralytic shock, on March ii, 1896. 
Mr. Morrison was a loyal Reindilican. In the 
Presidential campaign of 1.S40 he cast his 
vote for William Henry Harrison. In 1861 
and isr,2 he represented the town of Gilford 
in the New IIamp.shire legislature. He was 
a charter member of Mount Belknap Lodge, 
No. 20, K. of P. When able he attended ser- 
vice at the Free Haptist Church of Laconia, 
and was several times elected a member of its 
l-inancial Committee. In his life he con- 
formed to the principles of the Gidden Rule. 

Mr. Morrison was twice married, on the 
first occasion to Susan Whipple, of Sanborn- 
ton, who died by burning, August 6, 1868. 
She bore him three children — George A., 
Curtis, and Nellie Maria. On May 17, 1S71, 
he married Mrs. Betsy Klizalieth Stevens, a 
daughter of James and Rebecca (Wyett) Howe, 
of New Hampton. Her father, a contractor 
and builder, who also carried on farming quite 
extensively, retired about ten years before his 
death. The greatgrandfather of James Howe 
served in the Continental army during the war 
of independence. Rebecca (Wyett) Howe was 
a daughter of Deacon Wyett, an (dd resident of 
Campton ; and her mother was a descendant of 
John Rogers, of Pilgrim fame. Her first mar- 
riage was contracted with a Mr. Daniel Wilson, 
of Holderness, by whom she had four children 
Myra, Hannah, David, and Daniel. James 
Howe, by a jirevious marriage with a Miss 
Nancy Drake, of New Hampton, had four chil- 
dren — Lorenzo (}. , James M., Henry D., and 

Nancy D. p:ight children were the fruit of 
their second union; namely, Horace !•". , Jo- 
siah S., Aaron M. (a physician), Harriet S. , 
Martha D. , William G., George W. , and 
Betsy Elizabeth. James Howe, born l-"ebru- 
ary 19, 1786, died January 6, i Sr)4, in his 
seventy-eighth year; and his wife, Rebecca, 
was born June 22, 17S7, and died August 6, 
1876, aged eighty-nine years. She was a 
devout Christian. Prior to her union with 
Abraham L. Morrison, Betsy I-:iizabeth Howe 
married Charles Stevens, of Gilmanton, who 
was for several years the proprietor of the 
Mount Belknap House at Lakeport. Mrs. 
Morrison now lives with a daughter by her 
former marriage, Mrs. Nellie M. Cox, who 
was the widow of Kben Iloyt, formerly of La- 
conia. Mr. Hoyt dealt extensively in pianos 
and organs for .several years in Laconia and 
Manchester. He died March 5, 1894, aged 
fifty-one. Mrs. Cox, who was educated at 
New Hampton Academy, possesses a rich con- 
tralto voice ; is a member of the Obcron Ladies' 
Quartette of Laconia, with which she has sung 
for the past seven years; and is a member 
of the North Congregational Church choir. 
She is an artist as well as musician, and her 
skill in painting is shown in the works that 
adorn the walls of her home. Her present 
husband, George ]?urnham Cox, whom she 
married l-'ebruary 10, 1897, is a lawyer of La- 
conia. She is the mother of two children: 
Alice Louise, who died at the age of fourteen 
years; and Louis K. , now a boy of twelve. 
Mrs. Cox has one brother, W. M. Stevens, a 
farmer in Belmont. 

§0SP:PH B. SAWVKR, a well-known 
citizen of Dover, is now living retired 
from active business pursuits. His 
birth occurred November 20, 1832, in the 


house he owns and occupies, it iiaving been 
erected by his father, tlie late Levi Sawyer, in 
the early part of the present century. 

Levi Sawyer was born, bred, antl spent the 
major portion of his life in Dover, following 
the trade of a blacksmith most of the time. 
Ho was a man of acknowledged integrity, lib- 
eral in his beliefs, broad in his charity, and a 
prominent member of the Society of b'riends; 
and his death, which took jdace after he had 
attained a venerable age, was deeply deplored 
by all who knew him. On July 7, 1826, he 
married Hannah G. Pinkham, a daughter of 
Joseph and Betty Green Pinkham, whose union 
was solemnized at Amesbury, Mass., in 1785. 
She was a lifelong and respected resident of 
Dover, a woman of remarkable mental abilit}- 
anil an active worker in the cause of temper- 
ance and other reform movements. She was 
also a forcible speaker and for many years a 
prominent preacher in the P^iends' church. 
She became the mother of five children, two of 
whom died young. The others were: Joseph 
H., the special subject of this sketch; Lytlia 
Iv, who died in 1895; and L. Newell, a con- 
tracting freight agent on the Northern Pacific 
Railway, now a resident of Chicago, 111. 

Joseph B. Sawyer completed his school life 
at the I<'riends' Boarding-school in Providence, 
K.I., after which he remained with his parents 
until attaining his majority. Going then t<i 
Titusville, Pa., he engaged in the oil business, 
which was then in its infancy. At first he 
worked for others; but in a short time he 
allied himself with a stock company which 
leasetl land, and conducted some very success- 
ful operations. He settled permanently in 
the Keystone State, making his residence in 
Pittsburg. Mr. Sawyer became one of the 
best known oil men in Pennsylvania and West 
\'irginia, and amassed a fair comi^etency. In 
1 888, on account of ill health, he disposed of 

his interests in the oil regions, and retLU'iiing 
to Dover purchased the home in which his 
childhood days were spent, where he is now 
resting from his labors. 

Mr. Saw)'er married No\-em]3er 7, 18(^4, 
Miss Abbie M. Sturtevant, of Springfield, 
Mass., who presides over their plea.sant and 
hosi.itable home. I'ol it ically, Mr. Sawyer 
supi^orts the princi[)lcs of the Democratic 
party; and he atteinls worship at the P'ricnils' 
Meeting, having never departed from the faith 
ti.i which he was bred. 

LXRLES M. BAILEY, a prosperous 
hardware merchant of Rochester, 
ling a large business in hardware, 
plumbing, and steam-fitting, was born April 
20, 1847, in Littleton, N. H., son of H. M. 
and Harriet M. (Burt) Bailey. The father 
was born in 1S13 in Peachani, Vt., which was 
his [ilace of residence up to 185 1. Then he 
removed to Manchester, N. H., where he was 
engaged in the hardware business until his 
retirement on account of poor health in 1872, 
and dieil at the age of si.\ty-five years. Ile 
was a prominent Republican politician, and, 
though not an ofifice-seeker, served in the Man- 
chester City Council for a number of years. 
His wife died aged about thirty-si.x years. 

Charles M. Bailey went with his jiarents to 
Manchester when four years old, and there 
chiefly spent his boyhood. Up to fifteen 
years of age he was an attendant of the public 
schools. He afterward was a clerk in his 
father's store until his father went out of busi- 
ness. Then he started for himself in the liaitl- 
ware business at Pittsfield, N.H., and subse- 
quently conducted a grain and flour store there. 
In 1886 he purchased his present store in 
Rochester, and thereafter, still living in Pitts- 
field, managetl all three enterprises until 


iSyi. In that year he sold oiil his I'ittsfield 
stores and came to Rochester, taking posses- 
sion of a residence previously built by him, 
and which is one of the finest in the city. Be- 
sides doing a -general hardware business, he 
gives special attention to jilunibing and the 
putting in of steani-heatiug apparatus. 

In 1867 Mr. Ikiiley was joined in marriage 
with .Miss Charlotte I". Joadro, .,f Manchester, 
X.ll.. wh.i was horn in Lowcdl, Mas.s. For- 
merly a Democrat in politics and quite a prom- 
inent worker for tiie party, though he would 
accept no office, he has recently become a 
Republican. lie is a thirty-second degree 
Mason, having membership in Corinthian 
Ulue I.odge of Pittsfiekl, Temple Chapter and 
Palestine Commandery of Rochester, Edward 
A. Raymond Consistory ( Rite) of 
Nashua, and Aleppo Temple, Ancient Arabic 
(Jrder of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, of Bos- 
ton. Though not a church niemlier, he con- 
tril)Utes liberally toward the support i.f church 

§AM1';,S M. R(J\Vh;, D.D. S., a success- 
ful dentist of Harnstead for many years, 
was b,.rn in llidderness, N.ll., January 
iS, 1834. His i)arents, John and Su.san 
Rowe, had seven children, of whom four are 
living; namely, George, l^Iizabeth, Hannah, 
and Marion. With a fair education he studied 
dentistry in Lynn, Mass., with Dr. A. Trowe, 
after which he took up practice in Rochester, 
N.H. A year of work there caused his health 
to give way; and he came to liarnstead, and 
resided here for a nundjer of years. Then his 
strength returned, and he went to Concord anil 
resumed professional work. Soon after, again 
obliged to abandon city work on account of the 
confinement incident thereto, he returned to 
Harnstead antl took up his work in a way that 
permitted of his being more or less in the open 

air. After a while his dental practice covered 
a circuit of twenty miles about Harnstead. 
Outside his profession he took especial interest 
in educational work, and he was ])rominent as 
a member of the Ailvent church. 

On November 11, 1857, Dr. Rowe married 
Miss luiima S. Clark, of Ipswich, Mass. She 
is a daughter of Enoch Clark, who was born in 
liarnstead, son of Enoch, Sr. , a large land- 
owner in Harnstead. Mr. Clark, a carpenter 
by trade, removed to Newburyport, Mass., 
where he was a building contractor. Before 
leaving l^arnstead, he served as Town Treas- 
urer and Selectman, and also represented the 
town in the legislature for two years and in an 
e.xtra session. In politics he was a Democrat, 
lie married Sabrina Thurlow, a descendant of 
Lord Thurlow, of England. She was born in 
1799, and died January 8, 1889. Her ances- 
tor. Lord Thurlow, on November 19, 1664, in 
the sixteenth year of the reign of Charles II., 
was granted a coat of arms rei)resenting 
Jacob's staff fixed h(jrizontally on a field. The 
first of the family in America was Thomas 
Thurlow, who came over in 1633, and settled 
finally in Newburyport, before its incorpora- 
tion as a town. His son, Thomas, was the 
father of Stejihen Thurlow, a sea cajitain, who 
married h'.unice Thurlow. Stephen and ]",u- 
nice were the [larents of Sabrina Thurlow, who 
became the wife of Enoch Clark. Besides 
Mrs. Rowe, Mr. Clark had three other chil- 
dren — Sarah Ann, Rufus, and Harriett. 
Sarah Ann married William H. Clark, Rufus 
married I'jiiily Hoilgdon, and Harriett is the 
wife of Ce.irge H. Cilley. 

Dr. James M. Rowe and his wife had nine 
children; namely, Eugene A., lulward W. , 
Arthur J., 1-Tank H., Walter C, h'lorence E., 
Forrest C, Charles F". , and Freddie. Edward 
is practising dentistry in Manchester, and 
luigene and h'rank are following the same pro- 



fessioii in Concord. Arthur was in trade a 
few years, and during that time served as I'ost- 
niaster of South 15arnstead. He is now, with 
his brother Walter, attending Dartmouth Col- 
lege, taking a medical course in the same 
class. Florence, I'"orrest, and Charles are at 
home. Dr. Rcwe died in Harnstead, June 1 8. 
■«'/'■ ^^^ 

YRON WI<:KKS 15R0WN, a retired 
lumber manufacturer of I'last Tilton, 
iiul an e.x-member of the New 
Ilanijisliire legislature, was born in Wcnt- 
worth, N.H., (3ctober 23, 1S33, .son of Josiah 
1'. and Nancy M. (]?rown) Hrown. His great- 
grandfather, Benjamin Brown, who was born 
August 28, 1736, and resided in North Hamp- 
ton, N.H., died March 12, 1799. ]5enjamin's 
wife, Mary Brown, who was born January 19, 
1739, died in 1833. Benjamin 15rown (sec- 
ond), grandfather of Byron W., was born in 
North Hampton, July 21, 1771. In his 
younger <lays he followed the sea. Afterward 
he settled on a farm of si.\ty-two and a half 
acres in Sanbornton, N.H., spent the rest of 
his active period in tilling the soil, and died 
May 12, 1S48. He married Sarah, daughter 
of Benjamin Philbrook, who died July 27, 
1853, agetl eighty-three years. Of their five 
children, Josiah P. was the eldest. 

Josiah P. ]?rown was born in North Hamjv 
ton, December 24, 1797. An infant when his 
parents moved to this locality, he was reared 
and educated here. After reaching his major- 
ity he followed the sea in the coasting trade 
tor two or three summers, spending the 
winters employed ujxin farms or in the lumber 
camps. In 1824 he moved to VVentworth, 
where he bought si.Kty acres of wild land, and 
converted it into a good farm. He also en- 
gaged extensively in lumbering, which was at 
that time in its infancy, and followed it for 

the rest of his active period. His active and 
industrious life closed March 22, 1877. In 
politics he was a Democrat, and he served the 
town with ability as a member of the Board of 
Selectmen. His wife, Nancy, who was a 
daughter of Theodore Brown, of Northtield, 
N.H., had by him fourteen children, of whom 
thirteen reached maturity. Of these, seven 
are living, namely: Bradbury T., of Tilton; 
Sarah Jane, the wife of the Rev. Josiah D. 
Cross, a native of Springfield, N. H. ; Dorinda 
A., who first married M. T. Noyes, and is now 
the widow of J. Henry Webster; Hannah K. , 
who successively marrieil Moses P. Chase and 
Horatio C. Blood, of Wentworth; Byron W., 
the subject of this sketch; and Asa A. and 
Alphonso, who are both residing in Went- 
worth. The others were: Benjamin F., Jo- 
seph, John G., Alonzo, Marshall J., Mary A., 
and Martha A. Mary was the wife of Lyman 
A. Conant, and Martha was the wife of Gilbert 
Waldron. The parents were members of the 
Free Baptist church. 

Byron Weeks Brown attended the district 
school in Wentworth. At the age of nineteen 
he hired a farm, which he carried on for two 
years. For the succeeding four years he was 
unable to labor on account of a lingering ill- 
ness. Ujion his recovery in 1859 he went to 
Tilton, where he was em[il(iyed in his 
brother's saw-mill for two and a half years. 
He next went to Watertown, Mass., as lum- 
ber inspector at the United States Arsenal. 
After holding that position for two years he 
retmneil to Tilton, and resinned work with his 
brother. On Janu.iry I, 1865, he bought tlie 
entire establishment, comprising a saw-mill 
and .1 grist-mill. The management of these 
received his exclusive attention until 1873, 
when he started a saw-mill in Wentworth. In 
18S2 he sold a half-interest in the Wentworth 
mill to his brother, Asa A. Bn.iwn ; in 1886 


he disposed of his Tilum enterprise to the 
1'. C. Cheney I'ulp ("onipiuiy; and two years 
hiler he sold liis reuKiining interest in the 
Wentworth mill to his hrother. At one time 
lie eniployetl as many as seventy-live men ami 
ninety-six horses and oxen in euttin-;- and 
lianling logs, and during the summer season 
his regular mill force was from fifteen to 
twenty men. He is now living in retirement 
ui)on a small farm, where he raises sufficient 
produce for his own use. 

On July Ti, I.S65, Mr. Brown was joineil in 
marriage with I.ucinda True J(.)hnson, daugh- 
ter of Josejih Johnson, of Sanbornlon. In i,S73 
and 1874 Mr. Brown represented this town 
in the legislature as a Democrat. During 
his first term he served upon the Committees 
on Election and Woman Suffrage, and during 
his second term he was a member of the Fi- 
nancial Committee. Both he and Mrs. Brown 
attend the l-'ree Baptist church. 

(Ql^ M.-\.SA I'RAY, a well-to-do farmer of 
Rochester, was born Ajjril 23, 1838, 
in a house located but a few rods 
from the one in wdiich he now resides, son of 
the late I'Lzra H. Pray. His grandfather, 
I'elatiah Pray, was for man)' years engaged in 
school teaching in Berwick, York County, 
Me., where he was well known to more than 
one generation of children. 

I'>,ra H. Pray, wdio was born and reareil in 
Berwick, worked as a farm hand in his early 
life. Subsequently he came from lierwick to 
Rochester, jnirchased a tract of timber land 
here, on it cleared a homestead, and thereafter 
was occupied in its cultivation until his death 
in 1S66. In the winter seasons, when there 
was but little to do, on the farm besides at- 
tending to the stock, he engaged in lumbering 
and butchering. While he never manifested 

a desire for public office, he was a zealous 
supporter of the Whig party. He niarrieei 
Miss Hannah Tibbetts, of Rochester; and 
they reared five children. These were: Dud- 
ley, now a resident of South Boston, Mass.; 
Charles, who taught school in Buffalo, X.Y., 
and was afterward engaged in surveying for a 
new railway at St. Anthony's Falls, Minne- 
sota, and died at Buffalo in 1S52 ; Ezra, who was 
for some time a practising physician in Bos- 
ton, Jilass., served four years in the United 
States Navy, after which he studied dentistry, 
and now resides on the okl homestead ; Amasa, 
the subject of this sketch; and Lydia, the 
widow of Dr. George N. Thompson, late of 

Amasa Pray completed his schooling at 
West Lebanon, N.H. He afterward assisted 
in the work of the farm, remaining with his 
parents until the breaking out of the late Re- 
bellion. Then, in prompt response to the call 
for volunteers, he enlisted in Company F, 
P'ourth New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry. 
Going at once to the front, he was an active 
particii^ant in the engagement at P'ort Sumter, 
and was also at those of IMorris IslantI, Port 
Royal, Jacksonville, and St. Augustine. In 
the fall of 1864, having been honorably dis- 
charged from the service at the expiration of 
his term of enlistment, Mr. Pray returned to 
the old homestead, where he remained until 
his marriage, when he established his present 
home. He has forty-eight acres of land de- 
voted to general agriculture, although he 
makes somewhat a specialty of dairying, man- 
ufacturing about sixty iiounds of butter per 
week. He also does some teaming and other 
work for the town of Rochester. 

Un September 18, 1865, Mr. Pray married 
Miss Laura, a daughter of Samuel Trickey, 
of this town. They have had five children, as 
follows: Emma, now the wife of Will Varney, 


of East Rochester; Mary ]., who died in ]5os- 
ton, September 29, 1893, a-ed twenty-three 
years; Cliarles !■:., who lives at home; George 
A., of Rochester; and Edwin, a resident of 
Lynn, Mass. Mr. I'ray has never had any in- 
clination to hold public office, but he has been 
a faithful adherent of the Republican party. 
He has been a Mason of Humane Lodge, No. 
21, of this town, since 1S65; and he is a 
comrade of Sampson Lost, No. 22. G. A. R. 

LMJ-:R J. LORD, an enterprising wheel- 
ght and lumber manufacturer, and 
the only undertaker in Gilmanton, 
was born in 15arnstead, N.fL, ]\Larch 22, 18G2. 
His grandfather, John Lord, came to this 
country from England, in company with his 
brother Benjamin. J^enjamin, who settlerl in 
New York City, engaged in the real estate 
business, became a wealthy broker, and died 
about the year 1870, leaving a large amount 
of properly to his relatives. John Lord settled 
in Maine, and died a comparatively young man. 
Jacob Lortl, the father of ]':inier ]., after 
spending his earlier years in ]5erwick, Me., 
moved from there to Barnstead, where he fol- 
lowed the trade of wheelwright until iSfn. 
In that year he enlisted as a private in the 
Fourteenth Regiment, New Hampshire Vol- 
unteers, for service in the Civil War. In the 
army he contracted a disease which incapaci- 
tated him for service. He died soon after his 
return home, and his ronniins were interred in 
Berwick. He married Martha Stanley, of 
Shapleigh, Me., whose death occurred shortly 
after the birth of Elmer J., the subject of this 
sketch. She left two other children — RLirtha 
and Sarah. Martha is now the wife of Hiram 
Young, of ISeverly, Mass. ; and Sarah married 
Willmirth Merrill, who died in Gloucester, 
Mass., October 25, i,S./3. 

Elmer J. Lord was educated in public and 
private schools of Barnstead and at the Litts- 
field Academy. When his studies were com- 
pleted, he entered Sanderson's dry-goods store 
in I'ittsfiekl as a clerk, and remained there 
two years. He then engaged in carriage 
building, and later became an undertaker, a 
business that he followed in Rochester, N.H., 
for two years. Li September, 1886, on 
account of failing health, he moved to Gil- 
manton h-on Works, and resumed the carriage- 
building and undertaker's business in this 
town. He has lately associated himself with 
J. P. Hussey, in the lumber manufacturing 
business. This firm operate a saw-mill, and 
su])ply a large amount of lumber for building 
purposes in Gilmanton and other towns. Mr. 
Lord began the study of undertaking with 
Professor Clarke, of Springfield, Ohio. He 
is a member of the New England As.sociation 
of Undertakers, and by attending its lectures 
in Boston he is conversant with the most ad- 
vanced ideas relative to the business. 

Mr. Lord wedded Mary Grant, daugliter of 
William T. Grant, of Epsom, N. PL He is a 
charter member and an officer of Highland 
Lodge, No. 93, L O. O. E., of Gilmttnton; 
and he has been Treasurer and Lecturer of 
Crystal Lake Grange, No. 101. Justly re- 
garded as one of Gilmanton 's most enterjiris- 
ing young business men, he has attained 
prosperity solely through his own efforts. He 
is a member of the Free Baptist Church of 

T^VRUS L. JENNESS, an enterprising 
{j\ and successful business man of Straf- 

V!2_^ ford County, 
Dover, where he has 
hardwaix' and a 
kinds, his lar-c 

:s in the city of 
has an extensive trade in 
[cultural implements of all 
tore cont.iiiiing a Cdmplete 



in his li 

Mr. J. 


was born March lo, 184.S, in the nci>;hboring 
town of Rochester, a son of Cyrus and Mercy 
(McDuffee) Jenness, esteemed meml)ers of the 
farming community of that i)Iace. lie re- 
mained with liis parents until attaining ma- 
turity, attending the district schools in his 
younger days, and doing his full share of the 
farm ialjors. Then starting in life on his 
own account, with no otlier endowments than 
a stout heart, willing hands, an active brain, 
and a cletermincil purpose to reach tlie goal of 
success, Mr. Jenness came to Dover to seek a 
situation. At once finding employment as a 
clerk in a hardware store, he remained there 
eleven years, giving his undivided time and 
attention to his employer's interests, and ob- 
taining a practical insight into the business. 
Then, having by prudence, thrift, and econ- 
omy saved some money, he established his 
jjresent business, which he has since carried 
on with a success exceeding his expectations; 
and he is now nimibered among the leading 
merchants in his line in this section of the 

On \ovember 12, 1S72, Mr. Jenness was 
united in marriage with Miss Sarah E. 
Holmes, daughter of Horace and Mary J. (Col- 
bath) Holmes, of Dover. Mr. Jenness has 
never taken any active part in political affairs, 
either local or national, but is a firm sup- 
porter of the [jrinciiiles of the Republican 
party. He is a member of the Wechohamet 
Lodge, I. O. O. F., of Dover; and both he 
and his wife are esteemetl members of the 
I''ree I'.aptist church. 

§AMKS E. CHILD, an energetic and 
progressive farmer of l*"arniington, 
Strafford County, was born ALarch i, 
1.S57, in Milton, this county, son of James S. 
and Mary J. (Goodwin) Child. He comes of 

good old Massachusetts stock. His grand- 
father, James Child, who was a lifelong resi- 
dent of Cambridge, Mass., and one of its 
most worthy citizens, served in tiie War of 
1812. James S. Child was born and bred in 
Cambridge, where he learnetl the traile of a 
carpenter and builder. When a young man he 
came to this section of New Hampshire, and, 
securing work at his trade in the growing town 
of Milton, afterward resided in tiiat place 
throughout the remainder of his active period. 
The closing days of his life were passed in 
Farmington, where he died l-Y-bruary 17, 
1896, aged seventy-si.\ years. By his wife, 
who was born in Lebanon, Me., he became 
the father of seven children, of whom the sur- 
vivors named are: Lizzie, the wife of Charles 
E. Drew, of this town; James E., the subject 
of this biography; Daniel S. and George 1'., 
both of Lynn, Mass. 

James E. Child laid a substantial founda- 
tion for his future education in the common 
schools and high school of Farmington. On 
leaving the latter he took a thorough course at 
the New Hampton Institute, and subsequently 
completed his studies at the academy in 
Worcester, Mass. Continuing his residence 
in the latter city, he was there engaged in the 
shoe business for a couple of years, and then 
spent a few months in the busy city of Chi- 
cago. In 1880 he returned to Worcester; but, 
not desiring to locate there permanently, he 
soon removed to this town in order to carry 
out his design of becoming a farmer. In the 
following year, taking advantage of a fine op- 
portunity, he purchased the Jones farm, on 
Meeting-house Hill, a most excellent loca- 
tion. Here he has since been prosperously 
engaged in general agriculture and dairying. 
His estate is one of the most attractive in the 
neighborhood, its finely tilled lands, comfort- 
able and well-filled buildings, and sleek ilairy 


bespeaking the industry and thrift of its 

Mr. CiiiUl was married May 2, 1882, to 
Miss Ruth A. Kin-, dan-hter of Sylvester 
King, of S|iringfield, Me. In polities Mr. 
Child is a strong I'rohibitionist and one of 
the leaders of the party. He takes an active 
interest in local affairs, and for some years 
served as Constable and lioad .Surveyor. He 
belongs to Harmony Lodge, No. 11, K. of V. 
Both he and his estimable wife attend the 
Baptist church, toward the support of which 
they contribute. 

prietor of the Reservoir Stock I'"arm, 
Meredith, was bnrn where he now 
resides, September .s, 1X4S, son of Benjamin 
F. and Abigail (Wadleigh) Wiggin. His 
great-grandfather, Chase Wiggin, came from 
Stratham, N.H., to Meredith when this town 
was mostly in a wild state. The maiden 
name of his wife was Mary l^rackett. Joshua 
Wiggin, the grandfather, was born in this 
town. When a young man he learned the 
trade of a carpenter, and thereafter followed 
it, in addition to farming, throughout the 
active perioil of his life. He married Lucinda 
I'ease, and reared two sons; namely, lienjamin 
1*". and Charles I'ease. 

Benjamin F. Wiggin was born in Meredith, 
December 28, 1S20. He attended the dis- 
trict school, and learned the carpenter's trade 
with his father. After his marriage he 
bought fifty acres of lantl, which is now a part 
of Reservoir St(jck Farm, anil for many years 
was one of tlie stirring and successful farmers 
of the town. He also worked at his trade, 
and is widely known as an able and skilful 
mechanic. In [lolitics he is a Democrat, and 
in 1872 and 1S73 he represented Meredith in 

the legislature. His wife, Abigail, whom he 
married October 2;,, 1844, is a daughter of 
Stephen Wadleigh, ,,f Meredith. She is the 
mother of two children, namely: Stephen \V., 
who resitles in Worcester, Mass. ; and lulward 
F., the subject of this sketch. Mr. and Mis. 
Benjamin I"". Wiggin are still living, and 
enjoy good health. They are members of the 
Baptist church. 

lulward Frank Wiggin began his education 
in the public schools of IVIeredith, and com- 
pleted his stutlies at a business college in 
Manchester. His first emidoyment was in a 
grist-mill in Laconia. After working here as 
an assistant for a year and a half, he operated 
the mill for the same length of time uiion his 
own account. Returning after this to the 
homestead, he began to e.\ert that energy and 
progressive tendency which have since charac- 
terizetl his efforts as an agriculturist. He has 
purchased large tracts of adjoining land; and 
the Reservoir Stock Farm now consists of five 
huntlred acres, seventy-five of which are re- 
usual crops, he cuts from seventy-five to one 
hundred tons of hay annually, and raises and 
packs a large quantity of sweet corn. He 
keeps fifty head of thoroughbred short -iKirned 
cattle, which arc considered to be the ouly 
genuine herd of that breed in this neighbor- 
hood; and for the past twenty-five years he has 
supplied a large number of regular customers 
in Laconia with butter, of which he produces 
annually twenty-five hundred pounds. He 
also keeps forty sheep, from fifteen to twenty 
Berkshire hogs, eight horses, and a Hock of 
full-blooded Tlymouth Rock hens. In 1895 
he was awarded four huiulred and lifty dollars 
in premiums for stock e.vhibits at the New 
England and Worcester County (Massachu- 
setts) Fairs. In politics he is a Democrat, 
and he has rendered able service to the town 


as a incnihcr ni llic Scli.iol l?cianl ami in the 
cai>acity of Selectman. 

On October 24, 1S77, Mr. \Vi;;-in was 
united in marriaye with Carrie I",. Canney, 
.lan-hter <if l-'rankliii and Laura (Russell) 
Canney, the fnrmer ol whom is a native of 
Centre Harbor, N.ll., and is now a miller in 
Meredith. iM'anklin and Laura (Russell) 
Cannev are the parents of two daughters — 
Carrie !•;. and Abbie. Mr. and Mrs. Wiggin 
have three children; namely, l-'lorencc M., 
Ilollis L., and label F. Mr. Wiggin is a 
mendjerot Wmnepesaukee Lodge, L O. O. F., 
of l^aconia; and he is Master of Winnepe- 
saukee Grange, Patrons of Husbandry. 

§011N H. NEAL, M.D., a well-known 
physician of Rochester, N.IL, was 
born in Parsonsfiekl, York County, 
Me., Ahirch jo, 1862, son of John and Sarah 
Jane (Lord) Neal. His father was a prosper- 
ous farmer and lifelong resident of Parsons- 
field, and died at the ago of fifty-four years. 
He took a leatling part in local affairs anil 
served as a member of the Hoard of Selectmen 
for ten years. His wife, Sarah, was born in 
Effingham, N.H. She is still living, and re- 
sides with her son in Ivochester. 

John H. Neal was educated in the common 
schools and at Parsonsfiekl Seminary, and at 
the age of si.xteen began teaching school. He 
taught district schools in Maine and New 
Hampshire at intervals, while attending medi- 
cal lectures at the M.iine Medical School in 
linmswick. He then pursued a two years' 
course at the Long Island College Hospital, 
ISrooklyn, N.Y. , from which he was graduated 
in 1886. He was an apt student, ami was 
chosen Chairman of the Flxecutive Committee 
of his class. Locating for practice in San- 
ford, Me., he remained there until January, 

Since establishing himself in this city he has 
succeedeil in building up a lucrative i)ractice. 
In jxilitics he was formerly a Democrat, but 
some years ago became a Reijublican. While 
residing in Sanford, Me., he was a member (if 
the Board of Health and President of the 
Building and Loan Association, a position 
which he resigned when he moved to Roches- 
ter. He is at the present time serving as Sec- 
retary of the Board of Health in this city, and 
also as Overseer of the Poor. 

On November 28, 1888, Dr. Neal was 
united in marriage with Lulu Fl Clark, a na- 
tive of Sanford; and he has one son, Cecil M. 
Dr. Neal is a member of Preble Lodge, I-". & 
A. M.; White Rose Chapter, R. A. M., of 
Sanford; and is a charter member of Pales- 
tine Commandery, K. T., of this city. 

prosperous general farmer and the 
proprietor of the Ballard House, 
Meredith, was born where he now resides, 
March 13, 1S60, son of Llewelyn and Sophia 
(Maloon) Ballard. Llewelyn Ballard, a native 
of Ikdfast, Me., was reared and educated in 
his native town. At the age of eighteen he 
went to Boston, where he learned the ma- 
chinist's trade. Some years later he went to 
California, and soon after his arrival sent a 
sum of money to his family. That was the 
last connnunication they ever receivetl from 
him, and he has not been heard from since. 
His wife, Sophia, a native of Boston, was a 
daughter of Nathaniel Maloon, of Deerlield, 
N.H. Her father resided in his native town 
until the death of his wife's father, when he 
came to Meredith, and took charge of the 
homestead which then fell to her possession. 
Nathaniel Maloon married Betsey Wadleigh, 


whose father, Josiah Wa(lleii;h, was one of the 
early settlers in Meredith. Josiah Wadleigh 
reclaimed from the wilderness the farm which 
is now owned by his great-grandson, Wilbur 
W. Ballard; and a part of the present resi- 
dence was built with timbers which he hewed 
by hand, as there was no saw-mil! in this 
vicinity at that time. Llewelyn and Sophia 
l?allard had another son, Charles Ilartwell, 
now a resident of l^oston. After the death of 
her mother, Mrs. Llewelyn ]?allard kept house 
for her father while he lived; and she died in 
Meredith in 1S85, aged forty-nine years. 

Wilbur Weston 15allard was educated in this 
town, and grew to manhood upon the farm he 
now occupies. When twenty-one years old he 
went to New York State, where he was em- 
jiloyed in a hotel for two years. Then, re- 
turning iiome, he cared for his mother during 
her last illness. After her death he went to 
]?oston, where he was employed as a street car 
conductor by the West End Railway Company 
for a time. After this he again returned to 
Meredith, where he has since devoted his at- 
tention to general farming. He owns sixty 
acres of excellent land, half of which is set 
a[\art for tillage purposes ; and he cuts about 
fifteen tons of hay annually. In i8gi he 
began to entertain summer boarders. The 
Ballard House, which has ample accommoda- 
tions for thirty-five guests, is situated upon 
high ground overlooking Waukewan Lake, 
with a distant view of the .Sandwich and 
White Mountains. 

On March if,, iSSq, Mr. Ballard was joined 
in marriage with Emma N. Roberts, daughter 
of Oren Roberts. He now has two children, 
namely: Frank L., born May 8, 1S91 ; and 
Alice J., born April 22, 1S9;,. In politics 
Mr. Ballard is a Republican. He is con- 
nected with Chocorua Lodge, F. & A. M.; 
Belknap Lodge, I. O. O. F. ; and Winnepe- 

saukee Grange, Patrons of Ilusiiamlry. He 
attends the Baptist churcii, of whicii Mrs. I'.al- 
lard is a member. 

inent farmer and a well-known resi- 
dent of Mereditii, was born in CJil- 
ford, N.II., October 23, i>S20, son of Elisha 
and Betsey (ISrovvn) Eaton. His great-grand- 
father, John Ivaton, who was born cither in 
Salisbury or Sealirook, N.IL, in 1750, was a 
tailor by trade, but devoted tiie greater part of 
his active period to agricultural pursuits. 
John P^aton married Sarah P'rench, and his 
children were: PLlisha; John; Jose])!! ; and 
Jonathan; Nancy, who married John Matiicws; 
Mary, who became the wife of Tiieodore 
Clark; Sarah, who became Mrs. Stamels; 
Betsey, who married Andrew P'landers; 
Amasa; Jacob; and Samuel .S. Pllisha Eaton 
(first), the grandfather, was born in Pittsfield, 
N. H., in 1768. He engaged in general farm- 
ing, but died at the age of twenty-six years. 
He married Betsey Sherburne, and p;iisha was 
the only child of that union. 

Elisha P]aton (second), Daniel B. P^aton's 
father, born in Pittsfield, December 26, 1794, 
was left fatherless at the age of four months. 
He was brought up by his paternal grandpar- 
ents, and he occupied the old homestead jirop- 
erty until he was seventy years old. His last 
years were passed with his daugiiter in Alton, 
N.H. In politics he was a Jacksonian Dem- 
ocrat. His wife, Betsey, a daughter of 
PIphraim Brown, of Gilford, N.H., became the 
mother of ten children, as follows: Daniel B., 
the subject of this sketch; Sarah Jane, who 
died at the age of twenty-three years; Miriam 
B., who married Isaiah C. Morrill, of Gilford; 
Reuhamah G., who married Isaac Morrill; 
Emeline T., wiio married Calvin Rollins, of 


Alton, aiul is nnw (icceascti ; John I)., of 
Salem, Mass. ; Mary, also deceased, who he- 
came the wife ..f Henry Duffee, of Alton; 
Martin V. H. , now of Moultonhoro, N.ll.; 
Joseph W., who resides in Salem, IMass. ; and 
I.aura A., the wife of William Downs, also of 
Salem. Mr. ami Mrs. lilisha Eaton were at- 
tendants at the Free Baptist church. 

The education of Daniel Brown PLaton, 
l)e:.;un in the common schools, was completed 
in tlie common and hit^h schools of Gilford 
(now l.aeonia). lie resided at the homestead 
until 1866, and taught for several .winter 
terms. lie then hou«;ht his ])resent farm in 
Meredith, and has since resided here. His 
property contains one hundred and ten acres 
of land, twenty-five of which are under culti- 
vation. He raises corn, oats, potatoes, and 
beans, and cuts thirteen tons of hay. He has 
kept from twelve to fourteen head of cattle. 
Ilav'in;;" a natural aptitude for mechanical 
work, he has fitted up a blacksmith's shop 
upon his premises for the benefit of the neigh- 
boring farmers. A practical surveyor, he has 
been employed in that capacity in four differ- 
ent counties. It was he who ]ierformed the en- 
gineering work needed by the Jinteriirise 
Linen and Fibre Comiian^-'s mill in Mere- 
dith. He is familiar with astronomy and 
natural ]ihilosophy. He has transacted a great 
deal of business before the Probate Court, and 
is now holding his tenth commission as a 
Justice of the Peace. He served Gilford as 
Treasurer, Selectman, legislative Representa- 
tive, and superintendent of schools, and has 
been a member of the School Committee of 

Mr. luiton has been twice married. On 
August 9, 1S49, he wedded Susan L. Smith, 
daughter of Joseph P. Smith, of Gilford. Of 
this marriage there were born si.v children — 
Mary S., Julia A., Sarah J., John S., Daniel 

K., and Joseph S. Mary S. married the Rev. 
C. W. Taylor, a Methodist preacher; Sarah J. 
died at the age of thirty-seven years; John S. 
died in 1876, aged eighteen years; Daniel 1"^ 
is Treasurer of the Meredith Savings Pank; 
and Joseph iS. is an overseer in Mason's Ma- 
chine Works, Taunton, Mass. Mr. F^aton's 
first wife died in 1876. She was a member of 
the Free Baptist church. On October 12, 
18S2, he married Mrs. F;mily A. (Whidden) 
Corliss, daughter of Mark Whidden, of Ports- 
mouth, N.H. In polities Mr. luit.m is a 
Republican. He is deeply interested in the 
temperance cause, and he is a member of the 
Free Baptist church. 

"wJ)/aLTF:R F. gage, a farmer of 
VfeV^ much enterprise and ability, ac- 
ti\-ely engaged in his chosen voca- 
tion in the town of Dover. Slraffonl County, 
N.H., was born October 9, 1S4S, on the home- 
stead where he now resides. This farm was 
bought by his paternal grandfather, James 
Gage, in the early part of the present century, 
he having been a farmer and wheelwright. 

Daniel Gage, son of James and father of 
Walter F., was born, reared, and has passed 
his entire life on this homestead, the date of 
his birth being January S, 1827. Succeeding 
to the ownership of the paternal acres, he 
labored with unceasing industry, making many 
and substantial improvements on the jjlace, 
and now, having rounded out threescore years 
and ten, is enjoying the fruits of his many 
ilays of toil. His wife's maitlen name was 
Sarah J. Ilersom. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Gage 
have two children, namely: Walter F. , the 
special subject of this brief personal sketch; 
and Daniel, also a farmer, residing in Dover. 

Walter F. Gage acquired his education in 
the public schools, ami during the days of his 

uiD MRS, WALTER F. GAGE, with daughter. CORA 



later boyhood and youth he assisted his father 
in the labors of the home farm. Here obtain- 
ing a practical knowledge of everything per- 
taining to agriculture, he chose that pursuit 
as his life occupation. When but twentv 
years of age he purchased of his father an in- 
terest in the farming business, and of this he 
has now the complete charge. He has added 
to the home farm three other farms located in 
Somersworth, Rochester, and Dover, the farm 
now consisting of one hundred and fifty acres, 
situated in the three towns mentioned. Mr. 
Gage carries on general husbandry and dairy- 
ing, and in connection with the latter has run 
a milk route for more than twenty years. He 
keeps about twenty cows, finding this part of 
his business profitable and sure, as milk known 
to be pure and unadulterated is alwavs in de- 

On February ij. 1877, Mr. Gage married 
Miss Amanda J. Sterling, daughter of Ephraim 
A. and Susan (Ham) Sterling, of Dover. 
They have two children — Cora B. and Everett 
\V. A man of foresight and good judgment 
in affairs. Mr. Gage occupies a secure position 
in the consideration and respect of his fellow- 
citizens. He is ever interested in local im- 
provements, giving his hearty support to all 
enterprises calculated to benefit the town or 
city, and for four years ser\ed as an official of 
the municipal government, having been Coun- 
cilman two years and Alderman two years, 
representing Ward One. Mr. Gage belongs 
to one fraternal order, the Knights of Pythias: 
and his family are members of the Baptist 



\^J_ conducts a prosperous plumbing and 

steam-titting business in Meredith, 

was bom at Centre Harbor, X.H., Januarv 2, 

1S57. His parents were James and Elizabeth 

Davis. Bardett. natives of Centre Harbor. 
(For an account of his ancestry see the sketch 
of James D. Bartlett, which appears elsewhere 
in this work.) 

James Bartlett was reared a farmer, and 
after his marriage he began to cultivate a fami 
which his father had given him. After fol- 
lowing agricultural pursuits for some years, he 
moved to Meredith, and kept a general store 
for two or three years. Then, returning to 
his farm, he remained there until 1S6S. In 
that year he bought another piece of agricult- 
ural property in Campton. X.H., and resided 
there for eight years. Returning once more 
to Centre Harbor, he remained for a year, and 
then took up his residence in Meredith, where 
his last days were passed, and where he died 
in 1 891. He was a Democrat in politics, 
and ser\-ed upon the Board of Selectmen in 
his native town. His wife, Elizabeth, whose 
father, Nathan Davis, was also a native of 
Centre Harbor, became the mother of five 
children — S.arah, Mjrrila, Maria. Frank A., 
and George W. Sarah is the wife of Melthno 
C. Clarke, of Centre Harbor: Mirrila married 
Charles Webster, and is no longer living. 
Maria is the wife of Ira Wilkinson: and 
Frank A. is residing -in Meredith. The 
mother, now seventy-eight years old, is living 
with George W. Bartlett. 

George W. Bartlett was educated in the dis- 
trict schools. On reaching his majoritv he 
came to Meredith, where for one and a half 
years he was employed at John A. Lang"s 
piano case factory. The ne.xt twelve years 
were spent in the employment of the Meredith 
Shook and Lumber Company. In February. 
1S94, he entered the employ of the Meredith 
Electric Light Company, of which he is now 
the superintendent. In 1S95 he established 
himself in business as a steam-fitter. Later 
he put in a stock of stoves and ranges, and 


started in the plumhiiis business. He has 
already built up a ])rnfitahle trade, and eni- 
])loys from two to four men. 

In iiolitics Mr. Hartlett is a I'n.hibit ionist. 
He is a meniiier of Helknap Lo.l-e, No. i.|, 
I. O. (). I-'. ; of IMeredilh I.od-e, No. 50, 
Kni.^dits of I'ythias: of the Improved Order of 
Rci] Men; and of theClood Templars and the 
Patrons of Ifnshandrv 

\V. KICKI':R. who has charge 
3f the Host(m .S: Maine Railroad sta- 
tion at New Durham, Strafford 
Connty, was born in this town, July 27, 1S60, 
son of Ira .S. and Mary 1-:. (Hall) Rickcr. 
His father was a native of Dover, N. H.;and 
his <;randfather, John Rickcr, was also born in 
that towai. Ira S. Ricker was in the employ 
of the I^oston S: Maine Railroad Comjiany for 
thirty-five years, for twenty-nine of which he 
acted as station agent in New Durham, hold- 
ing that position until 1 S86. In politics he 
supported the Democratic party, and his pub- 
lic services were of much benefit to the town. 
He was a member of the Roard of Selectmen 
four years, a part of which time he acted as 
Chairman, was Tax Collector six years, served 
upon the .School Hoard, was Postmaster for a 
number of years, and represented the town in 
the legislature in 1892 and 1893. He wedded 
Mary K. Hall, of Barrington, N.H., and they 
reared si.\ children, namely: Charles H. ; Ira 
().; Mary II.; Daniel II.; Leslie \V., the 
subject of this sketch; and Jeanette A., the 
last named being the wife of V. V.. lulgerley, 
of Farming-ton, N.H. Ira S. Ricker died 
September iS, 1896. 

Leslie W. Ricker acquired a common- 
school education, and at the age of eighteen 
he entered the service of the Boston & Maine 
Company as brakeman on a passenger train. 

He continued in that employment for about 
seven years, at the end of which time he be- 
came agent for the Lawrence Express Com]iany 
at Dover, N.H. In 18S6 he succet'ded his 
father as station agent at New Duiham, whicii 
position he has since retained; and he also 
acts as special police officer at the station. 
Mr. Ricker is indeiwndent in politics. In 
18S8 he was elected Town Clerk, a position 
which he still holds; and he was a member of 
the School Board three years. 

He married VVendello Tash, of New Dur- 
ham, and has two children -- M;irion L. and 
Raymond. The family attend the liaptist 

Barnstcad's best known residents, was 
born in this town, July 19, 1822, 
son of Timothy and Mary (Ilodgdon) Dow. 
In 1797 his grandfather, .Simon Dow, moved 
with his family from Durham, N.I I., to North 
Barnstead, and there settled up.on two hnndrcd 
acres of partially cleared land. .Simon Dow's 
children were: Jeremiah, Timothy, John ()., 
Betsey, Hannah, and Margaret. Jeremiah 
settled in Massachusetts: John O. died in 
Barnstead; Betsey married William Walker; 
Hannah wedded a Mr. Hill: and Margaret be- 
came the wife of James Murray, ami mo\'ed to 
a Western State. 

Timothy Dow succeeded to the of the 
homestead originally settled by his f;ither, 
and became a very prosperous farmer. He 
was active in political affairs, served as a -Se- 
lectman for a ninnber n[ terms, was Moder:itor 
at town meetings for twenty years, and repre- 
sented Barnstead in the legislature for two 
terms. Prominently identified with the State 
militia for twenty-four years, he rose in it to 
the rank of Major-general. In politics he 
was a Democrat. He died at the age of si.xty- 


four years. His wife, Mnry, was a (lau,L;hter 
of Cliarles no(]i;(loii, who owned a lai'i^e farm, 
and was one of tlie prosperous residents of 
JSaruslead in liis day. Slie liccame the mother 
of lliree children — Charles II., Pamelia, and 
John. I'amelia married Jacob Locke, of North 
15arnstead; and John occupies the homestead. 

llavin;;- acquired a common-school educa- 
tion, Charles Modj;(lcjn Dow learned the shoe- 
maker's trade. When twenty-two years old he 
went to Ro.xbury, Mass., and was there cm- 
ployed at hrickmakin<; for four years. He 
then entered into partnership with Joseph A. 
Walker for the purpose of manufacturing 
brick. Witlidrawing from that firm a year 
later, he was engaged in the same Inisiness 
rdone for eight years. Returning then to 
his native State, he bought the \'ork farm in 
North 15arnstcad. He also engaged in the 
manufacture of starch in New York State, 
being associated in that cntcrjirise with 
Robert S. Webster for four years. During 
his five years' connection with starch making, 
he was absent in New York .State during the 
winter season. Since his retirement from that 
business he has carried on general farming on 
quite an extensive scale, devoting his spare 
time to shoemaking. 

Mr. D<iw has been twice married. His first 
wife, in maidenhood Su.san M. Drew, who 
died in Roxbury, Mass., in 1S49, was the 
mother of one son and one daughter. The 
latter died in infancy. On August 13, 1S54, 
he wedded Lydia A. Shackford, daughter of 
Seth and Harriet (Hill) Shackford, of Barn- 
stead. Mrs. Dow is a descendant of William 
Shackford, an Englishman, the first ancestor 
of the famil)- in America. The records of 
Dover, N.H., show that he was a tax-]iayer of 
that town in 1660. He married Deborah 
Trickey, of Dover. His son, Captain Samuel 
Shackford, who was a highly respected citizen 

of I'ortsmouth, N.H., married twice. Captain 
Shackford's son, William, by his ilrst wife, in- 
herited the greater p.irtion of his lather's es- 
tate, and died in 1773. William Shac-kford 
is mentioned in Colonial history as having 
advanced money toward defraying the exjienses 
of the invasion of Canada. He was twice 
married: and his son, Cajitain Samuel Shack- 
ford, who was a prominent resident of New- 
ington, N.H., during the Revolutionary War, 
was Mrs. Dow's great-grandfather. Captain 
Samuel Shackford's first wife had twelve chil- 
dren, of whom Josiali. the tenth-boiii, was 
Mrs. Dow's grandfather. Josiah Sliackfonl 
married Lydia Dennett; and, of his five chil- 
dren by her, Seth, the fifth-born, was Mrs. 
Dow's father. Seth Shackford was lor forty 
years an insurance agent and a well-known 
farmer. He was elected to nearly every office 
within the gift of his fellow-townsmen, in- 
cluding that of County Commissioner, and for 
two terms that of legislative Representative. 
He was a member of the I-'ree Raptist cluirch. 
His death happened in i.S.SS, in his seventy- 
eighth year, and of his wife on l''ebruary 
29, 1864. 

Mr. and Mrs. Dow have had five children ^ 
Seth, ]?. 1-rank, George, Hattie M., and 
A.ldie. (Jeorge is a photographer, an. I re- 
sides in the West; Hattie M. is the wife of 
J. H. 'Thompson, and resides in b'arminglon, 
N.H.: Addie married Ch.irles I.eighton, .and 
lives in Haverhill, Mass. ]!. I-'rank, who 

William IL Dow, is now engaged in photog- 
raphy and assists his father upon the farm. 
He was recently re-elected to the I'.oard of 
Education, on which he had jireviously served 
for three years; and he is a charter nic'mber of 
Crescent Lake Grange, No. 164. In jiolitics 
Charles H. Dow is a Democrat. He been 
Town Treasurer for two years, and a Repre- 


soiitativc to the le.uislatiiie for the same 
length of time. While a meinber of the 
Icj^islaturc he served upon the Committee on 
the Insane Asylums. He is a Deacon of the 
h' Con.£;regational Church, and Mrs. Dow 
is a member. 

§()I1N 11. NF.ALLEY, a keen and en- 
terprising business man of .Strafford 
County, and one of the leading mer- 
chants of the city of Dover, was born August 
4, i,S53, in .South Berwick, Me., the son of 
Henjamin Ma.son and Abbie (Pray) Nealley. 
He received his business education at ]5ryant 
& Stratton's Commercial College in Portland, 
Me , whither he went after leaving the public 
schools of Hiddeford. On arriving at man's 
estate he entered the mercantile circle by be- 
coming a clerk in a wholesale and retail gro- 
cery and grain store in Saco, Me., in wdiich 
he was employed for two years. In i.Sji he 
came to Dover, entering the dry-goods estab- 
lishment of his brother, the Hon. P. F. 
Nealley, for whom he clerked several years. 
In 1893 Mr. Nealley purchased the entire 
business of his brother, and is now proprietor 
of the store in which he was so long an em- 
ployee. In this, which is one of the most 
extensive establishments of the kind in this 
section of Strafford County, Mr. Nealley 
carries a complete stock of dry and fancy 
goods, including the latest novelties in his 
line. He spares neither time nor expense 
in endeavoring to please his patrons, and has 
thereby secured a large and lucrative trade in 
this city and the surrounding towns. 

On September i j, uS;;, Mr. Nealley mar- 
ried Miss Fmma C. Cushing, a daughter of 
the late Thomas H. Cushing, of Dover. Po- 
litically, Mr. Nealley affiliates with the Re- 
I)ublican party, and has been often scdicited 
to accept responsible positions in the town or 

coimty government, but has generally declined 
because of the engrossing demands of his busi- 
ness. He served, however, in the State legis- 
lature in 1889 and 1890 as Representative 
from Ward Three. Mr. Nealley is a member 
of Strafford Lodge, F. & A. M., of Dover; of 
St. Paul Commandery, Knights Tem|)lar, hav- 
ing held office in the last-named body for 
twenty years; and a member of the Order of 
p:iks of this city. He attends and supjiorts 
the First Parish Congregational Chnrch, nf 
which his wife is a member. 



, an able physician and sur- 
geon of Til ton, and a veteran of 
the Civil War, was born in Chelsea, Vt., May 
4, 1S42. His parents were the Rev. Russell 
H. and Lucinda (Leavitt) Spaulding, both of 
whom were natives of Vermont. His grand- 
father, Reuben Spaulding, was a pioneer in 
Sharon, \'t., where he erected a log house and 
cleared a farm. The grandfather subsequently 
sold his property there, and moved to Canaan, 
Vt., where he passed the rest of his life. 
Russell H. Spaulding, Dr. Spaulding's father, 
was born April 25, 1804; and his boyhood 
was spent upon a farm. He became a Meth- 
odist minister, and began preaching on the 
Ashburnham (Mass.) Circuit. He was later 
appointed Presiding Elder of the New Hamp- 
shire Conference, and resided for a time at 
Haverhill Corner, N.H. Being compelled by 
a severe throat affection to give up his charge, 
he bought a farm in Barnard, Vt., where he 
tilled the soil anil preached occasionally. 
Uj-ion his recovery he resumed his jiastoral 
labors, but a short time later he was forced to 
retire from the pulpit by a return of the 
disease; and he purchased a farm in Rochester, 
N.H. Si.x years later he sold this property, 


hou.Liht another farm in the same Inwii, and 
occupied it for the same lenL;lIi ol time. 
Tlicn, having sold his last purchase, he moved 
to LInion Village, Vt. After residing there 
lor a year, he removed to I'ittslield, Vt., 
where he died in 1 859. Politically, he was a 
Democrat. His wife, Lucinda Leavitt, was a 
daughter of Nehemiah Leavitt, and a native 
of Royalton, Vt., born September 25, 1.S06. 
I lei" father was a native of Connecticut, who 
moved from that State to Vermont, and pur- 
ihased the township of Royalton. In the 
early days of that section the Inilians made 
their way up White River, and burned the 
town, which was about four miles distant from 
the Hroad Brook, on which Nehemiah lived. 
]Ie was a prosperous farmer and the most 
prominent man in Royalton in his day. The 
maiileii name of his wife was P(dly Worm- 
wood. The Rev. Russell and Lucinda 
(Leavitt) Spanlding were the parents of si.x 
children, four of whom reached maturity, 
namely: Harriet, now the wife of Oliver Win- 
ship; Justin H., who is no longer living; 
MLdville C, the subject of this sketch; and 
James R., who resides in Boston. Mr. and 
Mrs. Winship are also residents of l^oston, 
but at present are staying in San h'rancisco, 
Cal., for the benefit of their health. 

Melville Cox Spaulding attended the 
Weslcyan Academy at Canaan, N.IL, and a 
school in I'ittsfield, Vt. lie read medicine 
with Dr. Brigham of the last-named town, and 
also gave some attention to music. He was 
able to play any biass instrument in 1861, 
when he entered the military service as a 
l?-flat cornet player in the band connected with 
the Fourth Vermont Regiment. He did this 
partly for the purpose of obtaining a knowl- 
edge of surgery, as the army offered superior 
advantages in that direction. The band was 
ordered home a year later, after which he at- 

the University of Vermont, gra<luating there- 
from in i8r,5. Shortly after he began prac- 
tice in Burke, \'t., where he resided for eight 
yeais. y\fter a winter spent in attending 
lectures and visiting hospitals in I'.oston, he 
practised in Bethel, Vt., for four years; in 
Wilmot, N.IL, for six years; and in yXshland, 
N.IL, meeting with much success, for thir- 
teen years. In the spring of 1896 he came to 
Tilton. Here he has charge of the hospital 
at the Soldiers" Home in addition to a gi>od 
general i>ractice. 

On June I'l, 1863, Dr. Spaulding was 
united in marriage with Mary Charlotte 
Lamb, daughter of Isaac Lamb, of Stock- 
bridge, Vt. Of their five children, four at- 
tained maturity. These are: Joseiihine, now 
the wife of Fred F. Goodhue, of Wilmot, 
N.IL; Grace L., who died some lime ago; 
Roy H. and Harry H., now engaged in manu- 
facturing, and who reside in Ashland. Dr. 
Spaulding owns a good residence, with four 
acres of land, in Ashland. He is connecteil 
with Mount Prospect Lodge, V. Si A. M. ; 
with the In.lependent Order of Odd I'ellows of 
Ashland: and he is Surgeon of (). W. Keyes 
Post, G. A. R., of that town. While residing 
in I^ethel he was leader of the band. He 
still retains his interest in music. hi p(dilics 
he is a Republican. I'.oth he and Mrs. 
Spaulding arc members of the Methodist 
Fpiscopal church. 

]':RBb:RT J. JONh:S, an enteiprisin 
merchant and one of the most popi 
ar young men of Alton, was bm 
in this town, September 12, 1860, son of Jei'. 
miah and Fllen M. (Sawyer) Jones. Im 
three generations representatives of the Jont 
family have been prosperous merchants i 


Alton. The business was cstahlishe<l by 
James Jones, grandfatlier of Herbert J. 
James Jones, who was born in l'"armin,i;ton, 
N.I I., September 6, 1794, and eanie to this 
town wlien it was struL;i;]ini;' into existence, 
started a small country store, which was the 
main source of supplies for the settlers. This 
was the foundation of the present business. 
Grandfather Jones lived to be over sixty years 
f)ld. He was twice married. The maiden 
name of his first wife, whom he wediled in 
March, 1821, was I'olly McDuffee. -She died 
December 23, 184S; and on April 7, 1850, he 
wedded for his second wife Sally R. Clough. 
lie was the father of four chiUlren, all by his 
first wife; namely, Jonathan, lileanor, Jere- 
miali, and Lois. Jonathan travelled consider- 
ably, but always maintained his residence in 
Alton, and was buried here; lileanor is now 
the widow of Charles 1'. Mmerson, formerly a 
merchant in Alton I5ay; Lois, the youngest, 
married .Seymour Brown, and moved to 
Winona, Wis., where shc> died, leaving one 
son. who is now practising law. 

Jeremiah Jones, who was b(n-n in I<"arming- 
ton, came with his parents to Alton when he 
was ten years old. He acquired a good prac- 
tical education, and at an early age began to 
assist in carrying on the business. For some 
years previous to the death of his father he 
conducted the store. The store, then being 
rajiidly outgrown by its business, was kept in 
a building which was also the family resi- 
dence. In 1855 Jeremi.di Jones erected the 
l)resent spacious quarters. -Since then, under 
his able management and owing to the in- 
creased population of the town, the business 
has developed to one of considerable impor- 
tance. Some time ago he was obliged to add a 
storehouse to the building. He was for many 
years closely identified with local public 
affairs, serving as Town Treasurer, Post- 

master, and County Commissioner: and tlie 
zeal and ability he displayed in these offices 
were heartily commended by his fellow-towns- 
men. His wife, I'^llen M., is a native of 
Alton. Her father, the late Daniel Sawyer, 
was one of the stirring men of his da\', serveil 
as a Selectman and in other town offices, was 
also a member of the Governor's Council, and 
a Justice of the Peace for many years. Mr. 
and Mrs. Jeremiah Jones have reared two 
sons — Herbert J. and Percy S. Percy S., 
who was educated at the New Hampton, 
Academy, and is now connected with his 
father's business, is a musician of more than 
ordinary merit and the organist of the Free 
Baptist church. Some time ago he was Town 
Clerk, and discharged the duties of that office 
in a manner that gave much promise for his 
future career. 

After attending the Franklin Academy at 
Dover, N.IL, for a time, Herbert J. Jones 
graduated from the academy in New Hampton, 
and then took a commercial course. Subse- 
quently he went to Des Moines, la., and there 
for two years was receiving clerk for the 
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Com- 
pany. He was then collector for the White 
Line Transfer Company for a year. In 1S84 
he returned to Alton, where he has since been 
in partnership with his father. It is stateil 
that Messrs. Jones carry a larger stock of gen- 
eral merchandise than any other concern in 
this section, staple goods, such as sugar, 
grain, and oil, being purchased by the carload. 
The enterprising spirit of Herbert J. Jones 
has carried him into other fields of business 
speculation. He is the largest resident stock- 
holder of the Alton Water Works, and for the 
past three years he has been a Director of the 
New I'jigland Retail Grocery Publishing Com- 
pany. When the Alton Five Cent Savings 
Bank went into ins(dvency, he was appointed 


assignee by the Court. For some time lie 
has been a Justice of tlie Peace and a Notary 

(Jn October 5, 1887, Mr. Jones was united 
in marriage with Jennie IJodge, daughter of 
James and ]5etsy (Tallant) Dodge, of Pem- 
broke, N.M. lulna D., their only child, born 
y\pril I, 1889, died October 5, 1891. Mr. 
Jones is Master of the Exchequer of Cocheco 
Lodge, No. 28, Knights of Pythias, and a 
mendoer of the Grand Lodge of New Hamp- 
shire. In politics he is a Democrat and one 
of that party's most efificient leaders in Alton. 
A delegate to the Democratic National Con- 
vention of 189G, he proved that he hail the 
courage of his convictions by bolting the Chi- 
cago platform and the candidacy of William 
Jennings Bryan. He was elected Selectman 
of Alton in 1894, re-elected in 1894, 1895, 
1896, and 1897; and he was Chairman of the 
Itoard for two years. In both administrations 
of President Cleveland he was Postmaster of 

KORGK D. McDUFFEP:, an enter- 
l^rising and energetic member of the 
farming community of Dover, was 
born January 19, 1867, on the homestead 
where he has since lived, son of James Y. 
McDuffee. James McDuffee, born in Roches- 
ter, this county. May 28, 1827, is a son of 
John and Salley (Hayes) McDuffee. He was 
reared to agricultural pursuits, which he fol- 
lowed in his native town until 1849, ''*-' 
then came to Dover, and here iiurchased the 
hnniestead on which he now resides. While 
a capable business man, he takes an earnest 
interest in the growth antl prosjierity of his 
ado[)ted town, and is ever willing to contrib- 
ute of his time and means to further its inter- 
ests. , He has been Councilman besides serv- 
ing in varioLis minor offices. Sincere in his 

religious convictions, he is a member of the 
I'ree J^afitist church. He married Abigail F. 
Jenness. and they became the jiarents of seven 
children, namely: John M; Carrie K. : 
Stephen J.: George D., the subject of this 
sketch: Abbie M. ; and two children that 
died in infancy. 

George D. McDuffee was educated in the 
public schools of Dover, attending first the 
district school and afterward Franklin Acad- 
emy, anil graduating from the latter with the 
class of 18S5. Since that time Mr. McDuffee 
has been engaged with his father in farming 
and dairying. The farm of seventy-five acres, 
with its improvements and appointments, 
gives unmistakable evidence of the good judg- 
ment with which it is managed. Mr. Mc- 
LJuffec has made a close study of the different 
branches of agriculture, which he carries on 
after the most approved modern methods. In 
politics Mr. McDuffee is a stanch adherent of 
the RepLd:>Iican party. He has served accept- 
ably on the School ]5oard for the past four 
years. He is affiliated will 
Husbandry, and a member o 
tional church. He w,is married January 19, 
1888, to Miss Nellie M. luirber, a danghtei 
of Charles and Hannah (Hatch) iMirber, of 

Patrons of 

UDL1:Y ]?, WALDRON, a thriving 
agriculturist of Rochester, was born 
on the farm which he now owns and 
occui)ies, October 8, 1838, .son of James 
Waldron. His paternal grandfather, also 
named James Waldr<jn, was of linglish de- 
scent, and served as a soldier in the Revolu- 
tionary War, afterward locating in the town of 
Dover, N.IL, of which he was a jdoneer. 
James Waldron, Jr., the father of Dudley 15., 
born in Dover, came to Rochester when a kid. 
He assisted in clearing the tract of land 



which his father bought on coming here. 
Succeeding to the property afterward, he car- 
ried on general farming and lunijjcring until 
his death, which occurred in I\Iay, iS;;,. Ik- 
was an earnest, faithful lalxirer, caring but 
little for public life, and though an earnest 
supiiorter of the Democratic part}- never held 
office. His first wife, whose maiden name 
was Mary I'age, died about ten years after 
their marriage, leaving no children. His 
second wife, Hannah (Roberts) Waldron, 
lived less than a year after the union; and 
their only child, James, met his death by ac- 
cident in a machine shop of Muscatine, la. 
He subsequently married Abigail lUirnhani, of 
Milton, and they reared three children; 
namely, Sarah, Mary, and Dudley B. 

Dudley H. Waldron received his etiucation 
in the Rochester ami Lebanon schools, which 
he attended in the winter season until he was 
twenty years old. Since coming into posses- 
sion of the homestead, on which he has always 
resided, Mr. Waldron has been engaged in all 
the ilifferent Ijranches of agriculture. At one 
time he had a large and choice tlairy, and car- 
ried on an extensive milk business. He is 
still engaged in dairying to some extent. The 
larm ct)ntains two hundred acres of laiul, lying 
on the "ten-rod," about two aiul one-half 
miles from Rochester. Mr. Waldron is a 
stanch Democr:it in his i)olitical affiliations, 
and has served his I el low-townsmen in sundry 
positions of trust. 15efore the incorporation 
of the city he w-,is .Selectman and a member of 
the School Hoard. In iSyi and 1S92 he was 
elected to the City Council, and served on 
some of the more important committees, in- 
cluding those of Public Instruction, Printing, 
and the Revision of Ordinances. He has 
been a Justice of the Peace for over thirty 

Mr. Waldron has had a very brief weddeil 

life. His wile, whose ma 1 del 
Celia Ilodgilon, died in August 
three years after the marriage, 
child lived but a short time, 
behings to Motolinia Lodge, I 
Rochester. He is very active ai 
in grange work, having beei 
Rochester Grange for two years 
rctary for twelve years. He h; 
Secretary of the P^astern Ne« 
Pomona Grange. 






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AZKLLAH L. CRANK, a well- 
known manufacturer of knitting 
machines in Lakeport, lielknap 
County, N. H., was born here, April 27, 1858, 
son of John S. and Clara J. (Smith) Crane. 

The Crane family has been a representative 
one throughout New pjigland. Jasper Crane 
signed the " fuiulamental agreements" of the 
New Haven Colony, June 4, 1639, and was an 
assistant of that colony ten years and of the 
united Connecticut coU)ny three years. Henry 
Crane settled in that part of Dorchester, Mass., 
that is now Milton. His descendants are nu- 
merous. One of them, John by name, l:>orn in 
1658, settled in Taunton, Mass. He was the 
])r()genitor of the numerous families of that 
name in Norton and Canton, Mass. Luther 
Crane was a native of Canton. 

Luther Crane, grandfather of the subject of 
this sketch, was by trade a hatter. Natunilly 
ingenious and with a turn for mechanics, he 
set up the first cotton loom ever used in the 
city of Lowell. He was there employed as a 
sjiinner in the Hamilton Mills. He lived to 
be eighty-five years of age. Only two of his 
five children survive. 

John S. Crane, the father of Mazellah I.., 
was born in Ware, Mass. He learnetl the 
machinist's trade at Salmon P'alls, N.ll. ; and 
he worked also in Lowell and Lawrence, 




Mass., and Manchester, N.H. In 1855 he 
went to Franklin in this State, wliere he had 
his first experience in connection with ignit- 
ing machines. In 1856 he became interested 
in tlie miiuifacturini;- industries at I.akeport, 
JK-in- here first employed by H. J. Cole to 
build knitting machines for Thomas Apple- 
ton. Step by step he became master of the 
trade, until in 1873 he designed and per- 
fected a machine on the same principle for 
making shirts and other underwear. In 1875 
he was Ivepresentative to the legislature from 
I.,ic(iiiKi and in 1S78 from Gilford. Since 
1872 he has been engaged in the manufacture 
uf knitting machines. 

Mazellah L. Crane, the only child of his 
jiarents, attended the common schools and New 
Hampton Institute, after which he learned the 
machinist's trade in his father's factory. In 
1885 he became associated in the business 
with his father, under the firm name of Crane 
Manufacturing Company, of which he is the 
efficient Secretary and Treasurer. They are 
men of recognized commercial ability, and are 
on a good financial basis. On h'ebruary 5, 
1896, Mr. Crane was united in marriage with 
I'annie E. Taylor, of I.aconia. There are two 
daughters by a previous marriage. Mr. Crane 
is a member of Endicott Rock Eodge, No. 20, 
K. P., of this town. 

fAMUEL S. I'ARKER, an able a 
successful lawyer, actively engay 
in the practice of his profession 
h'armington, was born May 9, 1855, in VVc 
boro, N.H., a son of Marry S. and Hester 
Parker. He is a direct descendant of ( 
William Parker, who settled in Portsmou 
this State, in 1698. William's son, a 
named William, born in Portsmouth, N.I 
was Judge of the Superior Court of Judicatu 

Surrogate Judge of Admiralty, and for several 
terms a member of the Colonial Assembly. 

Matthew Stanley Parker, a son of Judge 
Parker, was the first of the family to locate in 
Wolfljoro, where he was numbered among the 
infiueutial farmers of the community. Mat- 
thew's son, Henry R. Parker, through whom 
the line was continued, spent his entire life 
in Wolfboro, chiefly engaged in farming. 
Samuel S. Parker, son of Henry R. and grand- 
father of the subject of this sketch, also spent 
his life in the town in which he was born, va- 
riously em|)loyed as teacher, farmer, and mer- 
chant. Harry S. Parker removed from Wolfboro 
to ]'\irmington in 1867, and has since been 
identified with the town's agricultural and 
industrial interests as a farmer and merchant. 
Possessing much force of character, he natu- 
rally occupies an influential position in the 
community. He has been twice electetl to the 
State legislature from Farmington. Under 
President Cleveland's first administration he 
was appointetl Postmaster of this town, and 
subsequently held the office for four years. 

Samuel S. Parker began his studies in the 
common schools and academy of Wolfboro. 
From Wolfboro, when a lad of twelve years, 
he came to P'armington with his parents, and 
was sul)secpiently a [nipil in the P'armiiigton 
High School. Afterward his education was 
continued at the New Hampton Literary and 
Scientific Institute. From 1S82 until 1887 
he was engaged in the shoe business at Haver- 
hill, Mass. Returning then to Farmington, 
he entered the law office of George N. ICast- 
man. Later he pursued his law stuilies with 
the Hon. J. G. Hall and Judge R. G. Pike, of 
l^)over, N.IL, both lawyers of eminence. In 
fuly, 1890, Mr. Parker was admitted to the 
New Hampshire bar. Next month he ojiened 
an office in Farmington, where he has already 
built up a lucrative and extensive practice. 


lie has a souiul knowlc.l-c .it law, a decided 
talent tor business, is honnrable in his 
methods, and he stands well willi his brolher 
lawyers and clients. lie is one of the trus- 
tees of the Hiram Harker estate. For the 
past three years he has been l'resi<lent of the 
I'ublic Library Association. A meml)er of 
Woodbine Lodge, No. 41. I. (). O. V., of 
l^'arniiiigton, he works eainestlv to atlvance 
the interests of the order. 

On May 10, -IS79, Mr. Parker married Miss 
Mary K. Ilorne, of this town, a daughter of 
Jacob and Amanda Home. Their pleasant 
home is a favorite resort for their many 
friends, to whom they extend a generous hos- 
pitality. Mr. and Mrs. Parker hold liberal 
views regarding religion, and attend the Con- 
gregational church. 

|KV. Ll'AVlS MAI.VICRN, pastor of 
the I'irst lia]itist Church of Laconia, 
N. II., was born in Cheltenham, 
Cloucestershire, ICngland, June i), I S46, his 
parents being Thomas and l-:ii/abeth (Lewis) 
Malvern. On the maternal side he is a de- 
scendant of Sir John Lewis, of Wales. One 
of his ancestors served as a captain under 
Wellington at the battle of Waterloo. 

His paternal grandfather, Charles Malvern, 
was a wool stapler and tanner, and owned sev- 
eral large tan yards at Newent, England. He 
married Mary Cannon, of Newent, on October 
1, 1779, the ceremony taking [ilace in St. 
Mary-s Church. He lived to tiie age of 
seventy-three, and dieil in i.Sji, leaving three 
children ~ Charles, John, and Thomas. Both 
grandparents were members of the Church of 
I'Jigland, and were accounted persons of more 
than ordinary intelligence. 

Thomas Malvern, son of Charles and Mary 
Malvern, was born in Newent, Lngland, on 

Januarys, 1795. He received a good educa- 
tion, graduating from Priestly Academy, 
Newent. His early life was spent in Tewks- 
bury; but from I .S40 until the time of his 
death, in 1870, he was located in Cheltenham. 
In all religious matters he took a dee|) inter- 
est, anil was very active as a lay jireacher. 
His wife, Elizabeth Lewis, survived him four 
years. They had seven children. 

Lewis, the youngest-born, was educated at 
Cheltenham Academy under Dr. Henry Hay- 
men, who later succeeded Dr. Temple as head 
master at Rugby, and other institutions in his 
native city. Early in life his inclinations 
were strongly on the sitle of religious [irin- 
ciples, and after leaving college he preached 
as a supply in different pulpits. It was dur- 
ing this interval, when he was deciding his 
future career, that an event occurreil which 
.shaped his future life. He received a letter 
from his absent brother, urging him to come 
to these shores. In doubt as to what he 
should do, he took the letter to his room, laiil 
it open before him on his bed, and kneeling 
asked divine guidance as to his future course. 
As |)lainly as though spoken, he heard the 
word "Go." Rising, he went downstairs, in- 
formed his mother of his intention, and asked 
her consent. Tearfully she gave her permis- 
sion, and in 1871 he landed in America with 
the intention merely of making a short visit. 
But immediately upon his arrival in his 
brother's parish an opening came, and after 
considerable objection on his part he was in- 
duced to supply a pulpit at Harrington. Here 
he preachei-1 for thiee sLunniers, and at the 
same time attendetl New Hampton Institute. 
He also tilled pulpits at AshUuul and at 

He was mdained at Bristol, N.H., where he 
held a pastorate for four years. In 1876 he 
took charge of his present parish. The church 



mcniljcrship at that time was small, numbcr- 
inj; but one lumdred, and the society was finan- 
cially embarrassed by a debt of eighteen hun- 
dred dollars. In the following October the 
church Iniilding was destroyed by fire, with no 
insurance to cover the loss. Ins[)ired with a 
new zeal, the i.)eo|)lc, largely assisted and en- 
couraged by their pastor, raised sufficient 
funds to rebuild the church, this time free of 
debt. The church membership has increased 
to nearly three hundred since Mr. IMalvern's 
acceptance of the call, and the steatly interest 
maintained in the church is conclusive evi- 
dence that pastor and people are one in spirit. 
Since Mr. Malvern came to Laconia in 1876, 
he has received several calls to other fields 
of work. He invariably declined all offers 
until 1880, when he accepted a call to Man- 
chester, N. H., where he remained till 18S3. 
During that year, preferring to share the joys 
and sorrows of his first jieoide, he returned t(.i 
Laconia, where he remains at the present time. 
In 1896, on account of the business depres- 
sion, he voluntarily reduced his salary from 
fifteen hundred dollars to twelve hundred dol- 
lars; and this thoughtful care for his peojjle 
was fully appreciated by them. 

Mr. Malvern is well known throughout the 
State as an able lecturer, his fa\-orite themes 
being "luu-opean Tours," "The Workl's 
Iviir," "Masonry," "CJur Country," and 
"The Civil War.'" Mr. Malvern is a mem- 
ber of Mount Lebanon Lodge, No. 32, F. 
& A. M. ; Belknap R. A. Chapter, No. 8, 
of Dover: Pilgrim Commandery, K. T., of 
Laconia; Atloniram Council of Manchester; 
Winipi.seogee Lodge, No. 7, I. U. U. L . ; 
and Laconia Encampment, No. 9. He was 
Grand Master of New Hampshire, 1S84 to 
1SS5, and was Past Grand Rejjresentative to 
the Grand Lodge at Denver, Ccd., in 1S86. 
He was elected as Grand Representative 

twice, but illness prevented his attendance the 
first time. He is also a member of D. of Re- 
bekah, and Mount Belknap Lodge, No. 20, 
K. P., where he has held all the chairs, and 
is P. C; also belongs to U. (). G. C. : (iran- 
ite Lodge, No. 3, A. O. U. W. ; and the 
I. O. G. T. : and is Honorary Colonel in the 
U. V, U. He was elected to serve on the 
School ]5oard for a three years' term. He is 
the President of the Laconia Ministers" Asso- 
ciation, and for five years presided over the 
New Hampshire yearly meeting. 

August 13, 1874, the Rev. Lewis IMalvern 
married Mary Brindley, of Derby, lingland. 
They have one daughter, a graduate of the La- 
conia High School in 1895. 

(^Ah'AYh-.TTE WOODMAN, a bo.x manu- 
icturer of Alton, was born in this 
town, August 19, 1824, son of Sam- 
uel anil Betsey (Lougee) Woodman. His 
grandfather, Jeremiah Wootlman, was an early 
settler in Alton. A fuller account of Jere- 
miah Woodman antl his family is given in the 
biography of the late Jeremiah Woodman. 
Samuel Woodman, Lafayette Woodman's 
father, was roared upon his father's farm, and 
for some years assisted in its cultivation. In 
his later years he w;is engaged in operating 
saw-mills, but he eventually resumed farming. 
His last days were ])asseii near his son, La- 
fayette, and he died April 8, 1864, aged si.xty- 
nine years. He was a Representative to the 
legislature, and acted as a Justice of the 
Peace. His wife, Betsey, who was a native 
of ]3arnstead, N.H., became the mother of 
nine children: namely, Jeremiah, Mary, i\nn, 
Louise, Lafayette, Adeline, Luella, Simeon, 
and Fanny. Mrs. Samuel Woodman died 
March 28, 18S1, aged eighty-one years. 

Lafayette Woodman attended school in his 


native town. When a young man he began to 
work in his father's mill. At the age of 
twenty-five he and his brother Jeremiah en- 
tered into partnership for the purpose of en- 
gaging in the manufacturing of lumber. 
Commencing with liorrowed capital, they were 
soon at the head of a good business, which en- 
abled them to pay their debts, and they con- 
tinued together for three years. Lafayette 
Woodman then startetl a bo.x manufactory 
alone, and, with the exception of a short in- 
terval in which he vva.s associated with E. H. 
York in the shoe business, he has followed 
thai line for thirty years. At the time of em- 
barking in business for himself he bought the 
farm where he now resides. The estate fur- 
nishes him wMth abundant recreation as well 
as a pleasant home. 

Mr. Woodman married Mrs. Cordelia M. 
(Jones) Colbath, daughter ot Cyrus Jones, a 
carpenter of Rochester, N.II. 15y her union 
with Samuel Colbath, her first husband, Mrs. 
Woodman had four children; namely, George 
F., Samuel 1-".., Charles H., and a daughter 
who died at the age of twenty-three years. 
George F. is now a railroad conductor in Ari- 
zona; and Samuel E. is a box manufacturer in 
Alton. I'olitically, Mr. Woodman is a Re- 
publican, and he has served as a Selectman, 
and was a member of the Constitutional Con- 
vention held in 1.S76. He attends the Con- 
irreirational church. 

(^OHN W. TIBHKTTS, of East Roches- 
^J[ ter, the genial proprietor of the 
'v^^ Glendon House, and the senior mem- 
ber of the livery firm Tibbetts & Hayes, was 
born January 5, 1831, in Dover, N.H., where 
his grandfather, John Tibbetts, was a pioneer 
settler. His father, Samuel H. Tibbetts, 
also a native of Dover, born l-"ebruary 11, 

1807, was reared in that town, and afterward 
became one of its foremost citizens. -Samuel 
was for many years prosperously engaged in 
tilling the soil. He was also a well-known 
hotel man, having owned and comlucted the 
old Heath House on Washington Street. In 
Dover he served in several of the minor offices, 
and he invariably supported the Democratic 
party. He died in September, 1858, at the 
age of fifty-one years. His wife, Belinda 
(Cross) Tibbetts, who belonged to Rochester, 
bore him six children. Three are living. 
These are: Hannah, the wife of Andrew J. 
Hodgson; Ira J., a retired Methodist minis- 
ter, living in Los Angeles, Cal. ; ami John 
W., the subject of this sketch. 

John W. Tibbetts acquired his education in 
the common schools of Dover. He afterward 
served an apprenticeship at the carpenter's 
trade in the same city. For two years there- 
after he worked for Woodbury S. Mains, who 
built the first town hall in that place. In 
1850 he located in Rochester, embarking in 
business for himself as a "boss carpenter." 
In addition to that he engaged in lumbering, 
at which he has since continued, doing now 
quite an extensive business. .Some time later 
he entered the livery business. In 1879 '""^ 
built his present hotel at East Rochester. 
Both the livery and hotel have proved profit- 
able. A steadfast Republican, he is always 
loyal to the best interests of his party. He 
has voted the party ticket since 1852, when he 
cast his first Presidential vote for General 
Scott. He was .Selectman for two years im- 
mediately preceding the incorporation of 
Rochester as a city, and Councilman for the 
following two years. In 1873 and 1875 he 
was a Representative to the State legislature. 
In May, 1854, Mr. Tibbetts married Char- 
lotte F. Chamberlain, who died January i, 
1857. In December, 1857, he contracted a 


second marriage with Miss Clara W. 151ais- 
dell, of Lclwnon, Me. They have liecome the 
parents of two children, one of whom is now 
deceased. The surviving child is Cora H., 
now the wife of Joseph O. Hayes. Mr. Tib- 
betts is a Mason of high standing, belonging 
to Humane Todge, No. 2 1, of Rochester: to 
Temple Chapter, K. A. M. ; and to Orphan 
Council. He has also taken all the .legrees 
of the Odd Fellows or.ler, and is one of the 
charter members of Cocheco Lodge of liast 

jrominent farmer of Strafford, was 
born in that town, July 31, i>S35, 
son of Reuben and Betsey (iJamc) Critchett. 
The family is of Welsh e.xtraction, Mr. 
Critchett's great-grandfather being a Welsh- 
man, who came to this country as an agent to 
settle land disputes. Richard P. Critchett, 
the grandfather, born July 13, 1756, in 
Somersworth, N.H., where he followed the 
occupation of a farmer, served in the Revolu- 
tionary War, and fought at the battle of 
Bunker Hill. By his wife, whose maiden 
name was Molly Cook, he became the father 
of twelve children. 

Reuben Critchett was born March 18, 
1796, in that part of Barrington now called 
Strafford, and received a gooil education. 
After working out until he reached his major- 
ity, he engaged in farming on shares for a 
number of years. Later he went to Loudon, 
N.H., where he remained for two years. 
Then he returned to Strafford, and bought a 
small farm of twenty-tour acres. A few years 
after he bought a lot in the village, and built 
a house, in which he lived for three or four 
years. In March, 1835, h^" removed to the 
farm on which his son now resides, and there 
made his home until the time of his death in 

18S2. Before the Civil War he was a Demo- 
crat, but he always refused to be a candidate 
for public office, though frequently urged to 
allow himself to be nominated. He and his 
brother Samuel served in the War of rSu at 
Fort Washington, near Portsmouth. His 
wife, Betsey, who was a daughter of Jonathan 
Dame, of Strafford, bore him three children — 
Olive S., Asenath A., and Luther Calvin 
Critchett. Both Reuben Critchett and his 
wife were members of the i-'ree Will Baptist 

Luther C. Critchett receiveil his early edu- 
cation in the district schools, and in the acad- 
emy at Manchester, N.ll. Then he learned 
the machinist's tratle in Manchester. After- 
ward he came back to his native place, where 
he has resided since. He cultivates about 
twenty-five acres of land, hay being his largest 
crop, and also raises large quantities of veal 
for market. Mr. Critchett's e.xperience in the 
army during the late war was one of the most 
stirring epochs of his life. On the first day 
of October, 1862, he enlisted in Comiiany G, 
Fifteenth Regiment of New Hampshire Vol- 
unteer Infantry. While serving under the 
mortar battery at the siege of Port Hudson, 
the drum of one of his ears was ruptured by 
the detonations of the guns. On August 13, 
1S63, he was honorably discharged. At one 
time, without knowing it until one hour after 
the polls had opened, Mr. Critchett was a 
candidate for Selectman on the Republican 
ticket. Though the town was then strongly 
Democratic, he came within three or four 
votes of election. Mr. Critchett has never 
aspired to ])olitical honors, preferring the 
quiet of private life. He has been Justice of 
the Peace for a considerable time, and a Con- 
stable for about twenty years. He has shown 
much public spirit throughout his life, has 
quite a reputation for his hospitality to his 



many friends, and his oi)inion is sought by 
his fellow-townsmen on many subjects. On 
January i, 1865, he married Sarah J., daugh- 
ter of George VV. Caswell, of Strafford. She 
died March 13, 1892, leaving no chiUlren. 

§01 IN 1:D\VIN CHKSLEV, a promi- 
nent and successful farmer of the town 
of Rochester, was born December 17, 
1855^ "" the homestead where he now re- 
sides, son of John and Lavinia (Chamberlain) 
Chesley. The Chesley family have long been 
known in Strafford County as among the earli- 
est settlers of this jxirt of the State, and as 
pioneers of Durham. Shedrick Chesley, the 
jKiternal grandfather of John E., born and 
reared in Durham, came from there to Roches- 

John Chesley settled on the farm which his 
son now occupies, and was well known in this 
vicinity as a most practical and energetic 
farmer. He was a Democrat in politics, but 
todk no i)art in the management of local 
atfairs. He married Miss I.avinia Chamber- 
lain, daughter of Amos Chamberlain, of Leb- 
anon, Me. Of his si.x children by her, three 
are new living, namely: John I{dwin, the 
subject of this sketcii; Elizabeth, the widow 
of the late Larkin Harrington, of Lexington, 
Mass.; and Albert, of Lynn, Mass. The 
father died on the okl homestead in 1876, at 
the age of sixty-one years, and the mother on 
June 4, 1882, aged seventy-four years. 

John E. Chesley acquired his education in 
the public schools of Rochester. He has had 
the charge of the homestead since attaining 
his majority. The property contains two hun- 
dred acres of land, finely located on the 
Chesley Hill road, where he is carrying on 
general farming after the most api)roved scien- 
tific methods, making gardening a specialty. 

namely : Gertrude, 
Pearl, of this town ; 
the Universitv \'et. 

and raising each year large quantities of fruit 
and vegetables for the Rochester market. He 
has greatly increased the value of the estate 
since it came into his possession by improve- 
ments of an excellent character. The house 
which his father built has been replaced by 
one of more modern construction. A man of 
his business enterprise necessarily occupies a 
somewhat influential position in the commun- 
ity, although he is not active in politics. He 
has frequently refused public offices from his 
party, his time being occu])ied in farming. 

On September 3, 1865, Mr. Chesley married 
Miss Elizabeth Horn, daughter of Jonathan 
Horn, of Rochester. They have two children, 
the wife of Ellsworth 
and Guy K., a student in 
College of Philadelphia, 
Pa. They are members of the Congregational 
church, and contribute their full share toward 
its support. 

ARRY P. EVANS, the only under- 
taker of Alton, was born here, Au- 
gust 2, 1863, son of Dudley P. and 
Martha C. (Kimball) Evans. His great- 
grandfather, who was one of the earliest set- 
tlers of Alton, had seven children — Zi/.a, 
Daniel, Nathaniel, William, Martha, Han- 
nah, and Mercy. William, born in Alton, 
spent his life in this town. He and Sarah, 
his wife, had six children; namely, ILanson, 
Robert, Sarah Jane, Dudley P., Patience, and 
Ira. The last named died when about twenty- 
one years old, and Robert in 1S90; Hanson is 
married and lives on the homestead; Sarah, 
who is the wife of Ira Varney, resides 
in Alton. I'atience, now deceased, married 
Daniel Hayes, of Alton, also deceased, and 
had three children — Charlotte, l-:ilen, and 
Seth, all of whom are living. 

Dudley P. Evans, born in Alton, May 20, 



1S30, received his education in a district and 
a [irivate school. When but fourteen years 
old he began learning the undertaking and 
wheelwright business with Daniel and Ste- 
phen Hayes, with whom he remained seven 
years. He next went to Dover, N.H., where 
he worked in the same line of business a few 
years. Then returning to Alton, he bought 
out Hayes Brothers, and conducted the busi- 
ness on his own account until his death. For 
a number of years he did quite an exten- 
sive business in carriage-making, and up to 
iSjiS manufactured all the coffins sold by him. 
He served as Superintendent of Schools for 
several years, and was De[nity Sheriff for ten 
years in succession. At the end of that pe- 
riod, no sheriff having been appointed, he 
began to perform the duties of that office, and 
continued to do so for the ensuing two years. 
He was then appointed to the office for a term 
of four years. He was in the second year of 
his term when he died November <S, 1892, 
aged sixty-one years and some months. He 
also held the office of Town Clerk for a num- 
ber of years, and sometimes he was Moderator 
at town meetings. He was a member of VVin- 
nipiseogce Lodge of Masons and the Knights 
of Honor; also an attendant of the Congrega- 
tional church, of which his first wife was a 
member Martha C, his first wife, was a 
daughter of Nehemiah Kimball, a farmer and 
lumberman, who, with his brother, ownetl a 
saw-mill. Mr. Kimball, who was born at 
Chestnut Hill, Rochester, N.H., married 
Nancy Norris, and had a son and two daugh- 
ters — Sarah, Joseph, and Martha. Sarah 
married Amos Rollins; Joseph married and 
was living in Massachusetts at the time of his 
death; and Martha taught school in Alton for 
several terms prior to her marriage to Dudley 
livans. Martha and Dudley Evans had two 
children — Harry P. and Mabelle, both of 

whom live at home. Mrs. P^vans died on Au- 
gust 2, 1876. On April 7, 1877, Dudley I". 
Evans formed a second union with Mary A. C. 
Miller, one of the eight children of Nathaniel 
Miller, a farmer and teamster of Alton. 

Harry I'. Evans began working with his 
father at an early age. Since his father's 
death he has continued the business with good 
success, and has won many friends in both a 
social and a business way. In politics he is 
a Democrat. 

§01IN S. GEASS, a retired cajHtalist 
and real estate dealer of Dover, N.H., 
numbered among the most successful 
and substantial business men of the city, died 
at his residence, 180 Washington Street, 
April 12, 1897. He was born May 14, 1822, 
in Nottingham, Rockingham County, where 
the family had long been settled and ranked 
among the best in the town. His father, 
John Glass, who was a lifelong resident of 
Nottingham, being there engaged in agricult- 
ural pursuits, died April 30, 183S, at the 
comi)aratively early age of forty-four years. 
His mother, in maidenhood Abigail J. De- 
meritt, who was born in Durham, Strafford 
County, lived just half a century. 

Aftei- completing his studies at the Roches- 
ter Academy, John S. Glass remained on the 
parental homestead, busily engaged in general 
farming until 1S55. The following year he 
spent in Durham to recuperate his health, 
which had become very poor. He then came 
to Dover, and secured a situation as a clerk in 
a store, of which within a year he became the 
proprietor. At the end of twelve months he 
disposed of the place, and began Iniilding 
dwelling-houses and stores, for many years 
carrying on an extensive business as a dealer 
in real estate. He acquired a good deal of 
city property, embracing about twenty-five 



tenement houses, and tonr large wooden 
structures used for business purposes. He 
possessed financial ability of a high order, 
was keen and far-sighteil, and quick to take 
advantage of favorable opportunities for add- 
ing to his accumulations, and in all of his 
transactions he was honorable and upright. 
His advice was often sought in monetary 

Mr. Glass was twice married. His first 
marriage was cimtracted October i6, 1857, 
with Mary J. Demeritt, who died January 27, 
1.S75. On l-"ebruary 14, 1877, he married 
Miss Sarah A. Ham, of Dover, daughter of 
the late Daniel Ham. In pcditics Mr. Glass 
was a pronounced Republican. As Assessor 
for fifteen years, and a member of tiie Common 
Council for two years, he was actively identi- 
fied with the city government. He was like- 
wise for seven or eight years Justice of the 
Peace. For several years he was a Trustee of 
the Cocheco Bank, and he was Vice-President 
of the Cocheco Savings and National Bank. 
Quiet and unassuming, he was highly es- 
teemed as a man of sterling worth. 

kOAH SIMl'SON WARD, who owns 
and occupies one of the first farms 
leared in New Hampton, was born 
where he now resides, September 8, 1837, son 
of Benjamin and Sally P. (Pease) Ward. His 
great-grandfather, the Rev. Jeremiah Ward, 
came to New Hampton, when that town was 
struggling into existence, and there cleared 
from the wihlerness the farm that has since re- 
mained in the family's possession. When 
Jeremiah built his log house he had to guard 
himself against wild animals, and there were 
no roads to the outer world from the woods. 
He became a Congregationalist preacher, was 
the first settled minister in this town, and 

continued his jiastoral labors until old age 
compelled him to retire. Upon the occasion 
of his last sermon, he was assisted into the 
pulpit by his son. He was a sturdy pioneer 
as well as a faithful and devout shepherd. 

Noah Ward, grandfather of the subject of 
this sketch, was born at the homestead, and 
succeeded to its possession. He tilled the 
soil during his active period, and passed his 
last days in this town. He married Nancy 
Sanborn, and his family of six children were: 
Benjamin, Samuel, Aaron, Noah. Sally, and 
Polly. Ik-njamin Ward, son of Noah Ward, 
born April 6, 1806, inherited the homestead, 
and the active period of his life was spent in 
its cultivation. His wife, . Sally, who was 
born November 6, 1806, and was a daughter of 
Simeon Pease, of Meredith, became the mother 
of five children, namely: Simeon P., who 
served with Company I, Twelfth Regiment, 
New Hampshire Volunteers, in the Civil War; 
Noah S., the subject of this sketch; John F. ; 
George; and Mary A, The parents were 
members of the Free Baptist church. 

Noah Simpson Ward passed his boyhood in 
attending the public schools and assisting his 
father on the farm. Since succeeding to its 
ownership he has not only given proof of the 
careful training he received, but has shown a 
spirit of enterprise that effectually demon- 
strates his progressive tendencies and good 
judgment. His farm contains two hundred 
acres, about thirty acres of which are used for 
general products, and have a reputation for su- 
perior crops. Making a specialty of breeding 
cattle, he keeps from eighteen to twenty head 
of fine stock. He has also five horses, and he 
produces from eight hundred to nine hundred 
pounds of butter annually. His buildings are 
kept in good repair, including the old barn 
which was built over eighty years ago, and is 
still in an excellent state of preservation. 


Among a number of interesting family relics 
he has an ancient corner time-piece, whicli was 
taken by his grandfather in exchange for a 
yoi<e of oxen. 

On February 4, 1865, Mr. Ward married 
Sarah Woodman, daughter of Noali Wood- 
man, of New Hampton. She is the mother of 
two children — Charles H. and Clarence E. 
Charles H. now resides in Rochester, N.H. 
In jiolitics Mr. Ward is a Democrat, as were 
his father and grandfather; and he is con- 
nected with VVinnepesaukee Grange of Mere- 
dith. Mrs. Ward is a member of the Free 
]?aiitist church. 

dent of Tilton and the superintendent 
of the paper-mill in Ashland, was born 
in Abbott, Me., December 13, 1844, son of 
Elbridge G. and Iknilah H. (Hodgkins) 
Nichols. His paternal great-grandfather, a 
sea captain, was lost while upon a foreign 
voyage. James Nichols, the gramlfather, who 
passed the greater jiart of his life in Bruns- 
wick, Me., and was a ship-carpenter by trade, 
married Martha Clark. 

Elbridge G. Nichols, father of James N., 
was a native of Brunswick. When a young 
man he turned his attention to agricultural 
pursuits, and bought a farm in Abbott, Me., 
where he resided until i860. 

He then moved to Dexter, and four years 
later to a farm in Corinna, Me. Here he con- 
tinued to till the soil up to within a few years 
of his death, when he returned to Dexter. He 
died in 1894, aged seventy-five years. In pol- 
itics he was a Democrat. His wife, Beulah, 
who was a daughter of Joseph Hodgkins, be- 
came the mother of eight children, seven of 
whom grew to maturity. The latter were: 
James N., the subject of this sketch; Harriet, 

who died at the age of sixteen years; Melvin 
S., who now resides at the homesteatl in Dex- 
ter; l'"ranklin P. and Elbridge G., now resi- 
dents of Ashland, N.H. ; VVillard A., of Au- 
gusta, Me.; and Lizzie M., who married 
Charles H. Haines, and is now deceased. 
The father was a member of the Methodist 
Episcopal church. 

James Nelson Nichols acquired his educa- 
tion in the public schools, and served an ap- 
prenticeship at the machinist's and mill- 
wright's trades. After working as a journey- 
man in different places, including a period of 
six years spent in a machine shop of Newton, 
Mass., he, in 1872, became superintendent of 
the paper-mill in Ashland. He has efficiently 
filled that responsible position since then, 
with the exception of aliout three years, which 
his enfeebled health obliged him to employ 
otherwise. This interval he passed upon a 
farm which he bought in 1891, and where he 
fully regained his health in 1894. The farm 
contains eighty-five acres, twenty of which are 
under cultivation. Here, with the assistance 
of a hired man, he makes annually a consider- 
able quanity of butter of a superior quality, 
keeping a herd of thorough-bred Jersey cows, 
a small flock of sheep and two horses. 

Mr. Nichols married Lizzie M. I'aine, 
daughter of Josiah I'aine, of Abbott, Me. 
Both he and Mrs. Nichols are members of the 
Congregational church. Mr. Nichols was for 
five years siqierintendent of the Free ]?a]itist 
Sunday-school in Ashland. He is connected 
with Harmony Grange of Sanbornton. In pol- 
itics he acts with the Republican party. 

AVID HAVES, of Rochester, an ex- 
ensive tiealer in coal, wood, hay, 
\nd ice, was born in Alton, N.H., 
March 7, 1824, son of Joseph and Betsy 


(ISrcwstcr) Hayes, the fatlicr a native ol 
Alton, and the mother of Wolfhoro, N.H. 
Joseph Hayes foUnweil larniinK. was a pros- 
]ierous and enterprising:; eitizen, and the father 
(if eight children. In his political views he 
was a Whig of the old school. He lived to be 
abonl seventy-five years old ; and his wife, who 
came of a prominent family and was a .sister of 
John ]?rewstcr, the founder of Wolfeboro Col- 
lege, was about seventy-si.x years of age at 
her death. 

David Hayes spent the early years of his 
lite on the homestead. He received his edu- 
cation in the common schools and at Strafford 
antl Gilmanton Academies, graduating from 
the latter institution when about twenty years 
of age. The following year he s]ient in Mas- 
sachusetts, working at farming in the summer 
and teaching a country school in the winter. 
Returning to Alton then, he continued to fol- 
low his plan of summer farming and winter 
teaching for about ten years, teaching two 
terms of schoid each winter. The ne.\t five 
years were spent in Farmington, where he had 
a position as cutter in the shoe shi)|i. After 
that he came to Rochester and tollmved the 
same business for about twenty )'cars. On 
leaving the shoe business, he started in the 
grain and grocery business; then went into the 
coal and wood business, and three or four years 
later added ice and hay to his stock. He now 
has a large and profitable trade. 

On Christmas Day, 185 1, Mr. Hayes mar- 
ried Miss Susan Pollard, of Stjuiersworth, 
N.H. She died in May, 1859, leaving three 
children. These were: Fannie, wlio died at 
the age of twenty-three; Alonzo, who is en- 
gaged in a mercantile business in Lero)-, 
Minn.; and Charles ]■'. , who has a successful 
real estate business in Chicago, 111. In 1861 
Mr. Hayes formed a second union with Miss 
Abbie B. Gibb.s, of Essex, Mass. In national 

affairs he supiiorts the Republican party, but 
is independent in local matters. He was 'i'a.\ 
Collector fur one year, and he .served two 
years on the Scho,d Boaril. In Humane 
Lodge, No. 21, V. & A. M., he is a Past 
Master. He is a member of the Congrega- 
tional church. 

§AMES D. MEADKR, a successful 
farmer and horse dealer of Durham, 
Strafford Coimty, was bom on the home 
farm, December 31, 1S52, son of Stejihen and 
Mary J. (Pinkham) Meader. The founder of 
the family in this country was his great-grand- 
father Stephen. John Meader was his grand- 
father. Stephen Meader (second) was also 
born on the old homestead, and resided here 
his entire life. During his active }ears he 
was engaged in farming. In politics he was a 
loyal Republican, and he served the town 
acceptably in the office of Selectman. His 
wife, Mary J., born in Durliam, December 31, 
1823, bore him four children. Tiiese were: 
Mary Augusta, the wife of Cyrus Rand; Jacob 
T., who died in 1869; James D. , the subject 
of this sketch; and Ida I., who married Will- 
iam J. Martin, of New Market. Mr. Meader 
was a highly respected member of the Baptist 
church. He died October 22, 1890, in the 
seventy-first year of his age, leaving an un- 
blemished record. 

James D. Meader supplemented his common- 
school education by a course of study in the 
village academy ol Northwood, N.H. His 
fine farm of one hundred and seventy acres, lo- 
cated on the Durham Point Road, four miles 
north of Durham, speaks well for his thrift 
and energy. He carries on general farming, 
and also deals advantageously in horses. In 
jnilitics he affiliates with the Republican 
party. In 1870 Mr. Meader was married to 
Emma A. Perkins, of New Market, N.H. 


Tliey have four children— Frederick P., Alice 
M., Blanche E. , and Julia K. ]'redericl< P. 
resides in Rochester, NIL, whcie he is the 
manager and proprietor of a fine music stoic. 
Alice M., who was f^raduatcd from New Mar- 
ket High School, is also a resident of that 
town. IManche Iv is also a graduate from 
the same institution, and Julia K. is now |)ur- 
suing a course of study there. Mr. Meader is 
a member of Rising Star Lodge, F. & A. M. 
of New Market. 

AN'II'L H. MOULTON, a large 
"armer of Gilmant(Ui, and a desccnd- 
uit of one of the founders of Moul- 
tonboro, was horn in blllsworth, N. II., De- 
cember 4, 1850, son of Chase P. and Sarah 
(Pill.sbury) Moulton. The Moulton family is 
of h'.nglish origin. l-'.dnumd M. Moulton, 
graiultathcr ot Daniel II., .settled in P'Jls- 
worth when a young man, and engaged in agii- 
cultural jun'suits. He was an industrious 
man, a worth)- citizen, and an acti\'e religious 
worker. His last days were spent in Camp- 
ton, N.H., and he died in 1S57. His chil- 
dren were: Daniel, Gideon, Martha, I?ctsey, 
I'almund, Jonathan, I.ucretia, lienjamin, Lu- 
cinda, and Chase P. Daniel, C.iileon, Joseph, 
and Lucinila are no longer lix'ing. licnjamin 
resides in Minnesota; Jonathan lives in Wood- 
stock, N.H. ; and all the survivors have reared 

Chase P. Moulton was horn in ]';ilsworth, 
and resided there until he was thirty years 
old. He then moved to Cami)ton, where he 
remainctl eight years, at the end of which time 
he settled upon his present farm in Thornton, 
N.H. He is a prosperous farmer. For two 
years he represented the town in the legis- 
lature. His wife, Sarah, is a daughter of 
Caleb Pillsbury, a [irfjuiincnt agriculturist of 
Bridgewater, N.H., in his day. The Pillsbury 

family have notable annual reunions. Mr. and 
Mrs. Chase P. Moulton have had five children, 
four of whom are living, namely: Arthur C, 
who resides with his p:iieiits :it the home 
stead; Clara A., a graduate ot the Plymouth 
Normal School, and the wife of Albert Ran- 
dall, a machinist of Worcester, Mass. ; John 
W. , who is married and lives in dreendale, 
Mas.s., having one child; and Daniel H., the 
subject of this sketch. 

Daniel H. Moulton was educated in Camji- 
ton and Thornton. At an early age he began 
to make himself useful u]ion the farm. Pre- 
vious to his marriage he was engaged in the 
lumber business with his brother, Arthur C, 
in Woodstock, for eight months. Then he 
bought a farm of one hundred acres, situated at 
the foot of Mount Belkna)) in the town of Gil- 
manton. P'rom a small beginning he has 
worked his way forward to the ]irominent ]ilace 
he now occupies among the leading agricult- 
urists of this section. As the result of his in- 
dustry, he now(]wns six hundred acres of land, 
constituting one of the largest farms in Gil- 

At the age of twenty-three Mr. Moulton was 
joined in marriage with Plmma II. I'agc. Her 
father, R. W. I'age, was a large land-owiu'r 
and successful drover. A man of schol:M ly 
attaiimients anti a forcible speaker, he was a 
leader of the i^;epublican p:uty in this section, 
and he ably represented this district in the 
legislature during the exciting times ..t the 
Civil War. His wife, Abbie T. , was .1 
daughter of Jonathan Sanborn. He bought ol 
George W'. Sanborn the farm which he later 
sold to his son-in-law, D;iniel II. Moulton. 
R. W. Page was an active member of the Con- 
gregational church. Mrs. Moulton was grad- 
uated from the Gilmanton Academy, and 
taught school f(ir several terms previous to her 
marriage. She is the mother of two children 


— l.'jiia A. and Caiid 
Kradualcd from the G 
Juno, 1896. 

Harrison. Lena A. 
Hanton Academy in 

LONZO H. l,y\NG, a successful farmer 
)f Alton, and an ex-member <if the 
New Hampshire legislature, was 
horn in this town, April 5, 1842, son of John 
and Mary Jane (Webb) Lang. His grand- 
father, William Lang, who emigrated from 
h'.ngland in company with his two brothers, 
resided in Newington, N.H., for a short time, 
and then settled in Alton. William cleared a 
farm, ujion which he passed the rest of his 
life; and he lived to be over eighty years old. 
He married in Newington, and had one son, 
named jnhn. 

Jdhn Lang, Alonzo 15. Lang's father, en- 
gaged in farming with his father. He added 
more land to the farm, which fell to his pos- 
session ; and he owned about one hundred and 
fifty acres at Lang's Corner, which took its 
name from the family. He operated one of 
the first .saw-mills in this town, kept a store 
in which the was located for many 
years, was interested in other enterprises, and 
was one of the most prosperi)us residents of 
Alton in his day. He was a Democrat in pol- 
itics, and he served as a Selectman for some 
time. In religious affairs he took a prominent 
part, and attended meetings held in different 
schoolhouses. He died at the age of fifty- 
si.\ years. His wife, Mary Jane, who was a 
native of Madbury, N.H., became the mother 
<,f seven children — Charles L. , Mary Jane, 
John Jackson, Martin V. 15., William H. 15., 
Alonzo K, and Melissa A. Charles L. is 
now residing in New York State, and has a 
family. Mary Jane married John Dow, of 
North 15arnstead. John J. succeeded his 
father as postmaster, and resideil at the home- 
stead until his death. Martin V. B. is mar- 

ried, and follows the calling of a shoemaker in 
Farmington, N.H. William H. 15. died at 
the age of twenty-two years. Melissa A. mar- 
ried George P. Miller, who served in the 
Civil War, and she jiow resides at Alton Cor- 
ner. Mrs. John Lang died June 2, 1S.S4, over 
eighty years old. 

Alonzo 15. Lang attended school in his dis- 
trict, and resided at home until twenty-one 
years old. He then went to the northern part 
of New York State,, where he was engaged in 
making starch for five years. After his return 
to New Hampshire he worked at shoemaking 
for a year. He next entered the employ of the 
Boston and Maine Railroad Company, finally 
becoming a locomotive engineer. After nine 
years of service, he joined his associates in a 
strike, and did not subsequently return to the 
company's service. He has since followed 
agricultural pursuits with energy, and owns a 
farm of about one hundred and sixty acres. 
He supports the Democratic party in politics, 
has served in town offices, and spent a two- 
year term in the legislature, where he was a 
member of the Committee on Military Affairs. 
Mr. Lang wedded Alary A. Stevens, daugh- 
ter of John and Jane (Roberts) Stevens, the 
former of whom was born in 181 1 on the farm 
now owned by Mr. Lang. This farm was 
cleared and improved by Mrs. Lang's grand- 
father, also named John Stevens, who resided 
here for the rest of his life. John Stevens 
(first) lost his parents when young, and was 
bound out to lulwin Libby, of Alton. After 
serving his time he bought a farm in New 
Durham, Strafford County, and later returned 
to Alton. While living with Edwin Libby, 
he attended school but three days. After- 
ward, under the tuition of his wife, he learned 
to read the Bible, and in time became an 
authority upon scriptural subjects. His wife's 
maiden name was Lydia Home, and his chil- 


dreii were: William, James, John, and Ik'tscy, 
none of whom arc living. William and James 
married and reared families, and ]lets(ty lie- 
came the wife of Asa Chamberlain, The 
father died August lo, i8,S2, aged sixty-nine 
years; and his wife, A[iril 19, i.SSS, aged 
seventy-four. Mrs. Lang's father succeeded 
to the homestead and increased its acreage by 
adding more land ; served as a Selectman and 
upon the School Committee; was a Democrat 
in ]iolitics; in religion, a Universalist ; and 
he died in i.S,Sl, agetl seventy years. His 
wife, Jane, who was born in i<Si3, was a 
d.iughter of Silas and Sarah (Davis) Roberts. 
Her father, who was a native of Dover, N.H., 
and a shoemaker l)y trade, had a family of 
twelve children. She became the mother of 
three children, namely, I'llen J,, Mary A., 
and John I". ]-;ilen J, married John C. Nut- 
ter, of Gilmanton, and is lU) longer living; 
and John I', died at the age of eight years. 
Mrs. John Stevens is still living, and resides 
with her daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Lang have 
two sons— Walter A. and Harry J5. Walter 
A. is a clerk in a grocery store at Heverly, 
Mas.s. ; and Harry K lives at home with his 
parents. Mr, Lang is a member of Winnepe- 
saukee Lodge, No, 75, L. & A. M. ; Past 
Chancellor of Cocheco Lodge, No. 28, 
Knights of Pythias; and he is connected with 
Merry Meeting Grange, No. 155. 

:()RGP; K COX, a successful attor- 
ney of Laconia and c(umsel for the 
New Hampshire State Law and 
Ortler League, was born in Ashland, Grafton 
County, N.H., July 16, 1S60, son of Benjamin 
Franklin and Ann (Currier) Cox. His pater- 
nal ancestors were among the first settlers of 
Holderness (now Ashland), N.H.; and his 
mother's family was of Scotch descent. The 

great-grandfather of the jircsent generation of 
the Co.x family was a man of considerable 
wealth and prominence, who took an important 
part in public affairs, and who owned the only 
covered carriage in the town, a circumstance 
which added greatly to his dignity. 

Wallace Co.x, grandfather ot the subject ol 
this sketch, was a native and lifelong resident 
of Ibddcrness. He owned a large farm, and 
his active period was devoted to its cultiva- 
tion. He was by nature a cpiiet, unassuming 
man, holding himself aloot from all matters 
which might leatl to public notoriety; and he 
was a member of the b",|iiscoj)al church. He 
married Hannah Kimball, a native of Holder- 
ness, and reared a family of f^ve children, of 
whom the only survivor is William Co.x, a res- 
ident of Lowell. 

Benjamin I'ranklin. Co.x, son of Wallace 
and father of George H., was born in Holder- 
ness, and there reared to agricultural pursuits. 
He took an active interest in the town govern- 
ment, and was elected to various offices, serv- 
ing with ability and faithfulness. He married 
Ann Currier, a daughter of William Currier, of 
Plymouth, N.H. ; and they became the parents 
of but one child, George B. , the subject of 
this sketch. Benjamin V. Co.x died at the age 
of fifty-eight years. Mrs. Co.x, his wiilow, is 
still living, and is now fifty-nine years old. 

George ]?. Co.x was educated in the public 
schools of Ashland and Plymouth, the New 
Hampton Literary Institution, and Wesleyan 
L^niversity. Previous to entering the law 
school, Mr. Co.x taught school in Candia for 
one }'ear, and served as superintendent of 
schools in the town of Ashland. In iS,S5 he 
began his legal studies with Judge Hibbard, of 
Laconia, and two years later entered the Bos- 
ton University Law School, where he was 
graduated in 188S, with the degree of Bachelor 
of Law. Admitted to the bar in July uf the 


same year, he associated himself with N. J. 
Dyer; and the firm of Cox & Dyer conducted a 
f^eneral law Inisiness in Laconia until 1894. 

In politics Mr. Cox is a Democrat, and has 
frequently stumped the State in the inter- 
est of his party. He served as a memher of 
the School ]5onrd for three years, acting as 
its Chairman during his last term. In 1890 
the Citizens' Temperance Union was formed 
in Laconia, and for four years he was retained 
as its counsel. In January, 1894, Mr. Cox 
was elected a member of the Executive Com- 
mittee of the Law and Order League of New 
Hamjishire, a strong temperance organization, 
supported by many of the most influential citi- 
zens of the State, and is still serving as such. 
In 1S95 he was retained as counsel for the 
league, and is still acting in that capacity. 
He has labored diligently and successfully in 
forwarding the aims and purposes of the 
league, having worked exclusively in its in- 
terests for six months, but of late, owing to 
the demands of his law practice, has been 
<ibliged, to a certain extent, to relinquish his 
efforts in its behalf. Mr. Cox has also per- 
formed some work in the lecture field in his 
native State during the past four years, his 
recent efforts in this line being confined 
mainly to tlie subject of temperance. 

teemed citizen of Strafford County, 
New Hampshire, residing in Earm- 

was born in this town, l'"ebruary 9, 

His father, the late Hon. George M. 
;-, son of Seth and Deborah Herring, 
irn in I'ramingham, Mass., in 1S12. 
:ned the shoemaker's trade in Natick, 

His .shop-mates at this time were Mar- 
Hayes and Heiu-y Wilson, who later in 
s Senator from Massachusetts and after- 

ward Vice-President of the United Slates. 
George M. Herring in his early manhood came 
to Strafford County, locating in this place in 
1 84 V Eor a time he carried on a good busi- 
ness in general merchandise. He subse- 
quently engaged in the manufacture of shoes, 
having a large shop on the present site of the 
Opera House, and continued in that occupa- 
tion until his demise on September 26, 1875, 
at the age of sixty-three years. His body was 
interred in the family lot in the beautiful 
cemetery of South Eramingham, Mass. 

George M. Herring was a stanch Republi- 
can in politics, very active in public affairs. 
He served as a member of the State Senate 
in the years 1855 and 1S56, and in 1870 and 
1 87 1 in the House of Representatives. He 
was also United States Assessor for the Eirst 
District of New Hampshire, serving in that 
capacity from 1863 to 1869, having been ap- 
pointed by President Lincoln. He was Presi- 
dent of the P'armington Savings Hank and 
P'armington Eire Insurance Company and Di- 
rector of the D. & W. Railroad Company. It 
was mainly by his persistency that the Earm- 
ington National Bank was chartered, of which 
he was President from its commencement to 
the time of his death. In 1845 he united with 
the Congregational church, was a Deacon at the 
time of his death, and for many years superin- 
tendent of the Sunday-school. During all 
these years he studied constantly, and often 
gave lectures on astronomy and geology. He 
also sometimes jireached when his pastor was 
ab.sent. Captain Herring, as he was famil- 
iarly called, did more than any other man in 
building up and establishing the shoe business 
in P'armington. 

He married Ellen \i. ICames, of South 
iM-amingham, Mass., in 1844, and they reared 
four children, namely: Mary E., wife of D. 
S. Dockham, of Manchester; E. Grace, wife 


of A. F. Waldron, of Iviimingtun ; Sadie 1\I., 
wife of Fred Watsun, of Manchester; and 
William M., whcse name heads the present 

William M. Herring was brought up and 
educated in I*"arniingtiin, being graduated at 
the High School in 1S77, and since early 
manhood has been identified with the mercan- 
tile interests of the town. His first experi- 
ence in this line of business was with the firm 
of Dockham & Nute Brothers, of Farmington, 
by whiim he was em[)loyed as a clerk a year or 
more. In 1SS2, when Mr. J. F. Hall bought 
his store, he accepted a ])()siti(in with him, and 

clerk and book-keeper, earning a deserved 
reimtation for ability and trustworthiness, and 
by his courteous kindness and attention to 
cu.stomcrs assisting in buiUling up the large 
trade of his employer. 

Mr. Herring was married June 14, 1895, to 
Miss lulith E. I'inkham, of Farmington, a 
daughter of Levi I,, and Augusta I'inkham, 
]5rought up as a Republican in pcditics, he has 
never swerved from party allegiance, and, 
notwithstanding his disinclination for i)ublic 
office, in 1895 and 1896 he was a Represent- 
ative to the General Court at Concord, N.H., 
and served as one of the Committee on ICduca- 
tion. l'"raternally, he is a member of Har- 
mony Lodge, No. II, K. of 1". Air. and Mrs. 
Herring attend the Congregational church and 
contribute cheerfully to its suiiport. 

,1V1;RKTT M. SINCLAIR, agent 

Cocheco Mills at Rochester, Strafford 
County, N.H., was born in 
Me., August 16, 1848, son of Moses and 
Lucretia Totman Sinclair. In the recortls of 
the Sinclair family in America is foLuid the 
name of one John Sinclair, a pioneer settler of 

Exeter, N.H., who is thought to have been the 
father of Robert Sinclair, of Wells, Me. In 
the archives ot the town of Wells there is a 
record of a grant of one huiulred and ten acies 
of meatlow land being given to this same 
Robert in 17 12. There is also a dee.l signed 
by another John, his son, in 1734, showing 
that he must have been at that time at least 
twenty-one years of age. John Sinclair, the 
younger, removed to Boston in 1744, and be- 
came a volunteer under Captain John Stover 
for the cNjiedition that captured Louisburg in 
1745. The troops sailed from Boston, March 
24, and were forty-nine days in reducing the 
strongh(dtl. This same J<ihu later became a 
resilient of Arundel, where "for not frecpient- 
ing the Public Worship of God on the Lord's 
day for si.x months, from January i, 1749," he 
was brought before the coin-t and fined. He 
married Mary Wakefield, and their two chil- 
dren were Adoniram and Mary. 

Adoniram located in Lisbon, Me., about 
1760, and was one of the earliest dwellers in 
the town. It was then a wilderness, and the 
land had to be reclaimed and reduced to culti- 
vation. Adoniram Sinclair cleared about one 
himdred and fifty acres, and had a beautiful 
and jiroductive farm before his death. His 
sou, Ji>hn, third, inherited the estate, aiid was 
a prominent citizen of Lisbon. He was 
known to have remarkable judgment, and was 
universally beloved and respected. In relig- 
ion he was a Baptist. He married Mrs. Mary 
Plyde Harmon, of Ro.xbury, Mass., a woman of 
strong character and marked executive ability. 

Moses, son of John and Mary Sinclair, and 
father of Mr. PLverett M. Sinclair, was bom 
on the farm at Lisbon, March 15, 1S07. 
When only nine months olil he fell into an 
open fire-place, and his left hand and arm were 
crip|iled for life on account of the sex'ere 
burns received. He w^as consequently much 


at home with his mother, and there was a re- 
markably strong attachment tx-tween them. 
When he was nineteen years of age his mother 
died, and he was plunged into the deepest 
grief. Me remained at home until he had 
reached his majority, and in his twenty-second 
year he went to B.ath, where he was employed 
ft)r throe years upon the farm connected with 
the hc)s])ital. He then went hack to the home 
farm, and stayed until he was thirty years old, 
when he went into the lumber business at 
Little River \'illage. now Lisbon Falls. 
There he had an interest in a saw-mill, and 
later owned a shingle and clapboard-mill. In 
1852 a destructive fire caused the loss of these 
buiUlings, and after this he went to East 
Auburn, where for three years he was engaged 
in a grocery business. He ne.xt purchased a 
small farm, and devoted himself to farming 
until his death, September 28, 1883. The 
tastes of 'Mr. Moses Sinclair were strongly 
domestic. He was devotedly attached to his 
home and family, and no sacrifice was great 
wlien made for them. This same kindness of 
heart and generosity of mind made him be- 
loved by all with whom he came in contact. 
It is sail! that sorrow and pain are wonderful 
refiners, and there can be no doubt that Mr. 
Sinclair's lifelong infirmity had given sweet- 
ness and patience to his whole character. His 
children were: Angeline Rowena, born Feb- 
ruary 4, 1847: Everett M.; Willis Webber: 
Trufant ; Silas Trufant ; Charles Trufant ; and 
Jennie Webber. 

Everett M. Sinclair received a common- 
school education, and in i <S63 entered the em- 
])loy of the Androscoggin Mills at Lewiston, 
Me., as ])icker-boy. He workeil afterward in 
Lisbon I''alls, and in 1 S67 accepted a position 
in the I'ondicherry Mills at Ikidgton, Me. 
In 1872 he took charge of the weaving depart- 
ment of the Cocheco Woollen Mills at East 

Rochester. Later he worked in Pennsylvania 
and at Worcester, Mass. ; but in 1884 the posi- 
tion of superintendent of the Cocheco Mills 
being vacant, he was asked by the corporation 
to return and accept that office. He was su- 
perintendent of the Cocheco Mills until 1894, 
when he was elected agent of the company. 
Mr. Sinclair's life has been one of close at- 
tention to business, and his success has been 
won, not by good luck, but by steadfastness 
of purpose and integrity combined with hard 
work. He is a self-made man, and has 
merited all the success he has won. 

Mr. Sinclair united with the Alethodist 
Episcopal church in 1873, and has taken a 
deep interest in all movements for the uplift- 
ing of humanity. He has served his town as 
a member of the School Board, and is much 
interested in all educational questions. In 
politics he is a Republican, but he has never 
sought political preferment. He has written 
many articles upon mechanical subjects and 
upon questions of local historical interest. 
He is a prominent and active Mason. He was 
made an F. & A. M. at Oriental Lodge, of 
Bridgton, Me., in 1869, and demitted to Hu- 
mane Lodge of Rochester. He took chapter 
degrees in Oriental Chapter, Bridgton, Me., 
in 1873, and demitted to become a charter 
member of Temi)le Chapter of Rochester. He 
has been P. H. P., and in virtue of having held 
that ofifice he received the degrees of High 
Priesthood at Concord, under the direction of 
the late John J. Bell, of E.xeter. He was a 
member of Orphan Council and St. Paul Com- 
mandery of Dover, and demitted to become 
charter member of Palestine Commandery at 
Rochester in 1896. 

Mr. Sinclair is a Director of the Rochester 
Building & Loan Association, and one of the 
inc()r[)orators of the Norway Plains National 
Bank. He is also a charter Tuember of the 



National Association of Woollen and Worsted 
Overseers, which was organized in 1.SS3, with 
Mr. Sinclair as temporary Chairman. A few 
overseers met in Boston at the Institute of 
Technidogy Building, and from that meeting 
the organization grew. Mr. Sinclair was one 
of its first Vice-Presidents, antl has always 
been an active and influential member. 

On January 30, 1S70, Mr. Sinclair married 
Miss I'Heanor Perry Hill, a lady of Scotch- 
Irish descent. She was born in .Selkirk, 
Scotland, and came to America with her par- 
ents when only five years old. For a time 
Mr. Hill, her father, lived in New York City, 
whence he removed to Ohio, where his wife 
died in iS6r, and he then came with his 
daughter to Maine. Mrs. Eleanor P. H. Sin- 
clair died April 21, 1878, leaving two chil- 
dren. In 1880 Mr. Sinclair married Miss 
Carrie Manson, a lady who had been educated 
at Wolfeboro Academy, and had for some time 
been a teacher. Of this union have been born 
two children — Angle M. and John Everett. 

was one of the leadint: men of Belknai) 
County in the early part of this cen- 
tury; ami in I,aconia, the home of his family 
for many years, he was very influential in 
financial and political affairs. Born in I.a- 
conia (at that time Meredith Bridge), June 10, 
1805, he was the son of Stephen and Mehitable 
(Ladd) Perley. Of Stephen Perley, who 
might be called the architect of the fortunes 
of Eaconia, an extended account will be found 
elsewhere in this work. The Eadd family, 
too, to which the Doctor's mother belonged, 
was prominent in the early history of this 

John Eangdon Perley was graduated at Bow- 
doin College, Brunswick, Me., in 1829, and 

studied medicine with Dr. John Durkee, of 
Eaconia. He was actively engaged in ]jrofes- 
sional ])ractice until about forty years of age, 
and then retired in ortler to give his attention 
to other matters in which he had become in- 
terested. In 1837 he went West, and, spend- 
ing some time in that com[)aratively ilawless 
and unsettled country, returned to his boy- 
hood's home with reneweil interest in its wel- 
fare. Owning a vast e.\tent of woodland in 
this vicinity, he was e.xtensively engaged for 
years in farming and the manufacture of lum- 
ber; and at East Tilton he owned a saw-mill, a 
grist-mill, and the water jirivilege. He event- 
ually sold the Tilton property. Dr. Perley 
was one of the incorporators of the Meredith 
Bridge Savings Bank, anti was a member of 
the Board of Trustees and its President for 
some time. He was also active in incorporat- 
ing the Ikdknap Savings Bank, of which he 
was I'resident until about ten years previous 
to his death, when he resigned. A member of 
the old Whig party, he was ap[3ointed Post- 
master of Eaconia in 1829, the last year of 
John Ouincy Adams's administration; and in 
that year he was appointed by Governor Ben- 
jamin Pierce Surgeon of the Twenty-ninth 
Regiment of New Hampshire militia, P'.lected 
to the State legislature in 1834, he distin- 
guished himself as a disinterestetl chami)ion of 
the people's rights. He it was who introduced 
and obtained the passage of the bill to reduce 
the governor's salary from two thousand dol- 
lars to one thousand dollars, believing that 
the salary should be nominal only, and that the 
honor of being governor of the State should 
satisfy the candidate. No change has been 
made in the governor's salary since his time. 
Dr. Perley lived to the age of eighty-three 
years and four months. The portrait of Dr. 
I'erley accompanying this sketch was taken at 
the age of fifty-eight years. 


On February 20. 1S39, lie was united in 
marriage with Dora, daughter of Josiah and 
Betsey (Potter) Rundlett, of Gilmanton, N.H. 
Their union was lilessed by five children — 
John I.., 1). Augusta, :\Iary !'.. Lewis S., and 
Clara l'.. Jnim L. I'erley, who was horn in 
JJeceniber, 1839, enlisted in August, 1861, in 
Troop M, New England Cavalry, and the fol- 
lowing November was promoted to the rank of 
Second Lieutenant. Taken ill in May, 1862, 
he returned home, and died shortly after from 
the effects of exposure during his military ser- 
vice D. Augusta is the wife of Jacob San- 
born, of Laconia, and has one child. Pearl 
Smith Sanborn. Mary P. was married in Sep- 
tember, 1 87 1, to Josiah T. Sturtevant, a native 
of Centre Harbor, Belknap County, N.H., 
who was for a time engaged in the manufacture 
of hosiery in Meredith, and who also managed 
a drug store in that town, where he is now ex- 
tensively engaged in the real estate business. 
Mr. Sturtevant is a member of the Republican 
party. He is affiliated with two of the leading 
fraternal orders of this section, belonging to 
the Odd Fellows and the Meredith Grange. 
In religious matters his symjjathies are with 
the Congregational denomination, his father 
having been a Deacon of the Congregational 

Lewis S. Perley attended Gilford Academy, 
then took a year's course of special study in 
lioston, and finished his educational training 
at Professor Hyatt's Academy in Pennsylvania. 
He has had much work to do as a civil en- 
gineer; and he manages the home farm, an 
estate of one hundred acres, largely devoted to 
raising hay. Mr. Lewis S. Perley also is a 
Republican in politics. He is a member of 
Winipiseogee Lodge, No. 7, I. O. 0. F. 
In 1888 he was united in marriage with Clara 
L. Knowlton, of Meredith. They have two 
children, Lew K. and iNIarion Louise, aged re- 

spectively six and three years. Clara K. Per- 
ley is the wife of Dr. A. L. Norris, residing 
on Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridgeport, 
Mass. She is the mother of three children: 
Albert P., a student at the Boston Institute of 
Technology: C. Maud, attending the Cam- 
bridgeport Lligh School; ant! Grace M. 

RANK W. CORSON, an active and 
nteriirising business man of luist 
Rochester, N.H., was botn June 2, 
1852, in the village of East Rochester, about 
a mile from the post-office, this having also 
been the birthplace of his father, the late 
Willard Corson. His grandfather, Joseph 
Corson, who came to Rochester from Dover in 
the early part of the present century, was 
probably the first of the Corson family to lo- 
cate in this section of Strafford County. 
Willard Corson, whose death occurred in 
Rochester in 188S, was here engaged in agri- 
cultural pursuits during his active life, carry- 
ing on all branches of husbandry with much 
success. His wife, in maidenhood Lydia 
VVingate, of this town, bore him four chil- 
dren; namely, Myra, liliza, P'rank W., and 
Joseph W. Eliza is the wife of Charles W. 
Corson, of liast Rochester; and Joseph W. is 
in the provision business in New York City. 

Frank W. Corson attended the public 
schools of Rochester in his earlier years. He 
subsequently studied for several winters at 
Lebanon Academy, devoting his summers to 
farm work. After this he learned the carpen- 
ter's trade, at which he worked for some time, 
continuing, however, to reside with his par- 
ents. In 1877, or thereabout, he began work- 
ing for the Cocheco Woollen Manufacturing 
Company in East Rochester, remaining with 
them for a pericxl of thirteen years. Desiring 
then to establish himself in some permanent 


business, he formed a copartnership with 
G. M. Knux, and with him jnirchased the mill 
of Joim C. Shorey. In this place he has since 
been profitably engaged in the manufacture of 
boxes and lumber of all kinds. 

In 1878, November 28, Mr. Corson married 
Sahra T. Cowell, of West Lebanon, Me. 
The)' have now three children, namely: S. 
Gertrude, born June 5, 1882; Mildred A., 
born June 27, 1888; and V . Verne, born 
March 4, 1894. Mr. Corson has taken an ac- 
tive interest in local affairs, in which he has 
been prominent during a large portion of his 
life, invariably suppiuting the Re])ublican 
party. In 1887 and 1888 lie was elected to 
the lower Ijranch of the State legislature, and 
atteniletl the long session made famous by the 
great railway fight. In 1S93 he was elected 
to the City Council from Ward One, and while 
there served on the Water Works Committee. 
He served for two years on the School Board, 
and has been ward Selectman for six years, 
or since the incor[)oration of Rochester as a 
city. Mr. Corson is a charter member of 
Cocheco Lodge, No. 39, I. O. O. F., of ICast 
Rochester, and was its first Vice Grand, and 
has since occupied all the chairs. He is a 
member of the Methodist Episcopal chui-cli, 
and is serving as one of its official board. 

A.M., D.D., Ladd Professor of 
Moral and I5iblical Science at the 
New Hampshire Conference Seminary ami 
Female College, Tilton. N.H., and a veteran 
of the Civil War, was b<irn in Yardville, N.J., 
January 4, 1836. His parents, Enoch and 
Alice C. (Hughes) Knowles, were natives of 
New Jersey. His great-grandfather, John 
Knowles, .Sr., was born in Titusville, N.J., 
where he reside.! as long as he lived, He 

owned land upon the Delaware River, near the 
jjoint where General Washington made his 
famous crossing. 

John Knowles, Jr., son of John, Sr. , and 
grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was a 
lifelong resident of Titusville, and one of the 
jironiinent men of that town in his day. The 
maiden name of his wife was I'^lizabeth Farley. 

Enoch Knowles, son of John, Jr., was born 
in Titusville in 1805. He was reared to agri- 
cultural pursuits, and remained at the home- 
stead until his marriage, at which time he 
settled in Yardville, uikjii a farm belonging 
to his wife's parents. This proijcrty, which 
eventually came to his possession, consisted 
of two huntlred acres of tillable laml : and, 
besides taking care of a peach orchard of four 
thousand trees, he devoted considerable atten- 
tion to the raising of cattle and sheep. He 
carried on general farming and fruit raising 
with unusual energy until 1862, when he re- 
tired from active life. Although his school 
opportunities were meagre, his natural ability 
enabled him to make good use of what little 
education he had acquired. In politics he was 
originally a Democrat, but joinetl the Re|)ub- 
lican party at its ft)rmation. Though not an 
aspirant for political prominence, he held 
some of the minor town offices. He was an 
earnest advocate of temperance and total absti- 
nence and an able speaker in Ijchalf of the 
cause. He was at one time a candidate for 
the legislature; and, being assured of the 
liquor vote, provided he would not use his in- 
fluence against the traffic, he rejjlied that, if 
it was necessary for him to go to the legis- 
lature upon a liquor cask, he preferred to re- 
main at home. His wife, Alice C. Hughes, 
was born in Yardville in 1804, daughter of 
Joseph and Mary Hughes, the former of whom 
died in 1S46, aged eighty-two, and the latter 
in 1842, agetl eighty-one. 


Mr. and Mrs. Enoch Knowlcs were the 
parents of seven children, as follows: Sarah 
A.; :\Iary; the Rev. Joseph Hughes; John 
Fletcher; the Rev. Daniel C, the subject of 
this sketch; Kmnia L. ; ami ICnoch. Sarah ! 
A. became the wife of the Rev. Abrani Palmer, 
„f Newark, N.J^ Mary died in 1S57. The 
Rev. Joseijh Hughes Knowles is a member of 
the Newark Conference and Secretary of the 
American Sabbath Union. He was, in a great 
measure, instrumental in having the Colum- 
bian E.'cposition at Chicago closed on Sundays. 
John Fletcher Knowles resides in Orange, 
N.J. 1-jnma 1.. Knowles is a missionary in 
India, :uu\ has a school located at Darjeeling, 
which is eight thousand feet above the level of 
the sea. Enoch resides in Pennington, N.J. 
The father and mother both united with the 
Methodist Plpiscopal church when young ; and 
the father, who was a local preacher, was 
active in religious matters until his death, 
which occurred P'ebruary 4, 1877. 

Daniel Clarke Knowles prepared for college 
at the Pennington (N.J.) Seminary, and was 
graduated at the Wesleyan University, Middle- 
town, Conn., with the class of 1858. After 
completing his collegiate course he became 
teacher of mathematics at the Poultney (Vt. ) 
Academy, in 1859 was teacher of languages at 
the Pittsburg (Pa.) Female College, and in 
the following year he was apjKjinted to the 
same position at the Pennington Seminary and 
Female Collegiate Institute. In May, 1861, 
he began the organization of a company for 
service in the Civil War, and the one hundred 
and one men that he recruited were mustered in 
on August 21 of the same year. He was com- 
missioned Captain, and served at Hilton Head 
and at Fort Pulaski. He had charge of estab- 
lishing a battery on Jones's Island to cut off 
the enemy's approach to that fort, and during 
the siege was stricken with malaria, which he 

had contracted while camping in tiie swamps. 
By the advice of physicians he was compelled 
to resign in order to save his life; and what 
promised to be a notable, as well as an honor- 
able, military career ended in 1862. 

He returned to Pennington Seminary, ami 
in 1S63 was elected its I'resident, a position 
which he filled for four years. In 1864 he 
joined the New Jersey Conference, in 1866 
was made a Deacon, and in 1868 an Elder. 
In 1867 he was transferred to the New Hamp- 
shire Conference, and was assigned to the 
Haverhill Street iNIethodist Church, Eawrence, 
Mass., where he remained for three years. In 
1870 he was transferred to the New England 
Conference, and assigned to St. Paul's Church, 
Lowell, Mass. In 1872 he was stationed at 
St. Paul's Church, Lynn, Mass., and in 1876 
was assigned to Maiden, Mass. In 1878 he 
was retransferred to the New Hampshire Con- 
ference, and again took charge of the Haver- 
hill Street Church in Lawrence. His health 
failing while there, he spent several months 
at Clifton Springs. Upon his recovery he in 
1882 took charge of the Methodist Episcopal 
church in Plymouth, N.H., where he remained 
two years: and in 1884 he was appointed agent 
of the New Hampshire Conference Seminary 
and Female College, in which capacity he 
raised and collected fifty-five thousand dollars 
for the erection of new buildings. He was 
elected its President in 1885; and he ably 
filled that position until 1891, when he was 
forced to resign on account of feeble health. 
The malarial poison that his system absorbed 
wliile in the army, and which had produced 
years of suffering, at last located in his foot; 
and he was obliged to have it amputated. In 
1892 Dr. Knowles was appointed Treasurer 
and General Agent of the New Hampshire 
Conference Seminary, a position that he still 
holds, besides filling the Ladd Chair of Moral 


and ]5iblical Science, which he took in iSg6. 
In 18.S0 he was a delegate to the General Con- 
ference at Cincinnati, and in 1882 was elected 
a Trustee of the Weslcyan University, Middle- 
town, Conn. He was a member of the I'Jcu- 
menical Council at Washington, D.C., in 
1 89 1, but was unable to be present, as he 
was then confined to the hospital. 

C^n Novemi)er 10, 1863, Dr. Knowles was 
united in marriage with Lucia M. liarrows, 
daughter of the Rev. L. D. Barrows, D.D., 
of the New Hampshire Conference. Mrs. 
Knowles has been the mother of two children ; 
namely, Nina lUbert and Frederic Lawrence. 
Nina 1-:. died in Maiden, Mass., in 1875, aged 
eight years. Frederic Lawrence Knowles was 
graduated at the Wesleyan University in 1894, 
and at Harvard University in 1 S9G. He is at 
present teacher of literature at the New Hamji- 
shire Conference Seminary. 

Ur. Knowles cast his first Presidential vote 
for Abraham Lincoln, and continued to sup- 
[lort the Reiniblican party until 1884. He 
then became a Prohibitionist, and has twice 
been that party's candidate for Congress from 
the Second District. In 1894 he was the Pro- 
hibition candidate for Governor. He is a 
member of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity and 
the Phi Peta Kappa Society of Wesleyan 

^1HP:N E. berry, one of the best-known 
idents of New Durham, Lind an e.x- 
meniber of the legislature, was born 
in this town, October 18, 1 83 1, son of Eben 
B. and Mercy R. (Hurd) Berry. His grand- 
father, John Berry, an luiglishman, was a 
pioneer settler in New Durham. Eben B. 
Berry was a lifelong resident of this town, and 
for many years was engaged in manufacturing 
agricultural implements and in general farm- 
ing. He was a good business man, ajul an 

influential citizen, and his activity anil enter- 
prise were very beneficial to the community. 
He servetl for a number of years iin the Board 
of Selectmen (one year of which he was Chair- 
man), was Overseer of the Poor, and also acted 
as a Notary Public. He was drafted during 
the War of 1812, but not called into active 
service. He tlied in 1865, aged sixty -eight 
years. His wife, Mercy R. (Hurd) Berry, 
was a daughter of John Hurd, who served on 
General Washington's staff during the Revo- 
lutionary War. She became the mother of 
eight children, of whom the only survivor is 
Eben E., the subject of this sketch. 

Eben E. Berry attentleil the F^irmington 
High Scht)ol, and sid^sequently comiiletetl his 
studies at the West Lebanon Academy. He 
learned the shoemaker's trade, which he fol- 
lowed for some years during the summer sea- 
son, and he taught school in the adjoining 
towns tluring several winter terms. In 1856 
he bought his present farm of one hunilreil and 
thirty acres, located at Scruton's Corner, and 
when not occupied in atteniling to its cultiva- 
tion he is engaged in surveying land, having 
performed much work of that kind in Strafford 
and Belknap Counties. In politics he is a 
Democrat. He served as Ta.\ Collector in 
1856 and 1857, was superintendent of schools 
nineteen years, and was for two years a mem- 
ber of the Board of Education, and is now 
serving for the third year. He was a Select- 
man fifteen years. He has acted as ])olice 
officer, has been a Justice of the Peace for 
over thirty years, and was elected a Repie- 
sentative to the legislature in 1895. He is 
interested in the New Durham I'^ire Insurance 
Company, and has been its Secretary and 
Treasurer for the past ten years. 

F"ebruary i, 1855, Mr. Berry married Lucy 
M. Chesley, of this town, and of their five 
children three are living, namely: Ida L., 


wife of James Gliddcii; Lyman K. ; and 
IVrccy C. 

Mr. Ikrry has occupied the principal chairs 
of Fraternal Lodge, F. & A. M., of Farming- 
ton, and is connected with the Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of 
rythias. He is a member of the l-'ree l^aptist 
church, and has acteil as Clerk and Treasurer 
therein for the past twelve years. 

Laconia, senior member of the Belk- 
nap County ]?ar, and a former Judge 
of the .Supreme Court of New Hampshire, is a 
widely known and influential citizen, having 
for many years taken an active part in the con- 
duct of public affairs. He was born in St, 
Johnsbnry, Vt. , July 31, 1826, a son of Silas 
and Olive lAlbee) Hibbard. 

Several generations of Hibbards have lived 
and dieil in Concord, Vt. David, Judge Hib- 
bard's grandfather, who was a resident of that 
town during the greater part of his life, was a 
Revolutionary soldier. He had a family of 
twelve children. His son Silas, the Judge's 
father, was in the hotel business a number of 
years, and later was engaged in general farm- 
ing. He died before he was forty years old. 
He was an uncle of the Hon. Harry Hibbard, 
of Bath, N.H. His wife, Olive, a native of 
Chesterfield, N.H., was a daughter of Zuriel 
Albee, of Littleton, N.H. She died in i<S74, 
aged eighty-two. At the time of her hus- 
band's death she was left with five young chil- 
dren and a small property, and was able to 
give the children only very limited educational 
opportunities. Three of these children are 
now living. 

F:ilery A. Hibliard was nine years old when 
iiis father died. He attended the district 
school as regularly as circumstances would 

permit, and afterward studied at an academy 
lit Derby, Vt. His mother's training and his 
early independence brought out stnjngly his 
powers of self-reliance, and he worked per- 
severingly through the course of .study neces- 
sary to fit him for the bar. He taught school 
one term, and studied in different law olfices, 
including those of Nathan B. Felton and 
Charles R. Morrison, of Haverhill. N.H., and 
Henry F. French, of FZ.xeter, N.H. Ad- 
mitted to the bar in Plymouth, N.H., in July, 
1849, he immediately commenced jjractice in 
that town; and in January, 1853, he became a 
resident of Laconia (then Meredith Bridge), 
N.H. In course of time he won a place 
among the ablest and most successful lawyers 
in the State, and acquired a large business. 
In 1870, when the famous litigation between 
the Concord and the Northern Railroads was 
on the docket, and the most powerful legal 
talent in New Hampshire was employed by 
the rival corporations, Mr. Hibbard was re- 
tained as one of the council for the Northern 
Railroad, and made one of the arguments on 
each occasion when the case was in court. 
He was apjiointed Judge of the Supreme Court 
in March, 1873, and was on the bench till 
August, 1874, when the law under which the 
judges were appointed was repealeti; nomi- 
nated again under the new law, he declined to 

In politics a firm and consistent Democrat, 
though never a violent partisan. Judge Hili- 
bard has long been an especial favorite with 
his own party, and highly esteemed by tiie Re- 
publicans. He presided from 1S62 to 1873, 
inclusive, as Moderator of town meetings in 
Laconia. At the June session of the New 
Hampshire House of Representatives in 1852, 
he was elected assistant clerk, and at the No- 
vember session he was chosen clerk, being 
honored with re-election in 1853 and 1854. 


He was the last Democratic clerk of the House 
until the partial triumph of the Democracy in 
1.S71. In 1865 he was elected to the legislat- 
ure from Laconia, and in the following year 
he was re-elected. The first year he was on 
the Committee on Finance, and the second 
year on the Judiciary Committee and many 
special committees, aiding the plan for the 
adoption of the new State Library, and the es- 
tablishment of the College of Agricultiux' and 
Mechanical Art . He was also one of three 
appointed by Governor Tnttle to put the col- 
lege at Durham on a legal basis to remove 
from Hanover, which was endowetl by a large 
grant of land by the general government. In 
1862 he, with Samuel 15. Page and William C. 
Sturoc, led the minority of the House, and 
(cpioting from the "History of the P'orty -sec- 
ond Congress"; "he drew up the minority re- 
port, which presented briefly and forcibly the 
reasons against the ratification of the 1^'our- 
teenth Amendment to the Constitution of the 
United States. He subsequently maintained 
his views on the subject in an able and exhaus- 
tive speech." While in the House Mr. Hib- 
bard never spoke except when he had a p<unt 
to make, and his words then were concise and 
forcible, and had great influence with the 
memliers. He has ilone good service on the 
stump, and in the memorable cam[iaign in 
Pennsylvania in the fall of 1864 he made sev- 
eral speeches in the western part of the State. 
He was the Democratic member from Belknap 
County in the Johnson Convention in Phila- 
delphia in 1866. In 1869, though he did not 
desire it, his friends in the First District 
nominated him on the Democratic ticket for 
Congress. The party, however, was hope- 
lessly in the minority from the start, and the 
full Republican State and Congressional ticket 
was elected. 

"In 1871," as the history further records, 

"he was nominated for Representative to the 
P"orty-secoiid Congress, and was elected, al- 
though for the period of si.xteen years pre- 
vious New Hampshire had been represented 
only for a single term by a Democrat. Tak- 
ing his seat as a member of the Forty-second 
Congress, Mr. Hibbard was appointed on the 
Committee on Patents. He seldom addressed 
the House; always, however, when he occu- 
pied the floor he spoke with earnestness and 
effect in support of his convictions. He spoke 
in opposition to the bill to devote the pro- 
ceeds of the public lands for the creation of 
an educational funtl for the education of the 
people, on the ground that, if there must be a 
donation for the benefit of the States that were 
too poor to provitle fur the education of their 
people, it should be b)- a sjiecific donation in 
money, and of a sum definite and uniform 
from year to year, so that the various States 
and districts for whose benefit it is to be 
created shall receive the same amount every 
year, and shall know beforehand what sum 
they may rely upon, and not be dependent on 
the constantly fluctuating sales of the public 
lands." His nomination for Congress had 
been supported, not only by his own party, 
but also by the Labor Reform party; and he 
ably represented the interests of the jieople. 
Always active in opposing schemes for robbing 
the masses, he was particularly earnest in 
frustrating the plunderings of the Union Pa- 
cific Railroad; and as a member of the Com- 
mittee on Patents he did much to prevent the 
extension of unjust monopolies. 

A resident of Laconia for more than four 
decades. Judge Hibbard's life is well known 
to his townsmen, who regard him with the 
highest honor. He was a member of the orig- 
inal Board of Directors of the Laconia Na- 
tional Bank, and is still connected with that 
institution; and he is a Trustee of the La- 


conia Saviiii^s Bank. He is I'resident of tlie 
Union Cemetery Association of this place, a 
Director of the Laconia and Lakeport Water 
Works, and has been a Trustee of the New 
Ilamijsiiire Asylum for the Insane since 1871. 
One member of the Hclknaj) County Har is a 
few years his senior in age, Judge Rollins, of 
Meredith, but that gentleman was not ad- 
mitted to the bar until one month after Judge 
Ilibbard's qualification. 

On December 5, 1S53, he was married to 
Mary, daughter of Jacob ]5ell, of Haverhill, 
N.II., and great -grand-daughter of Josiali 
liartlell, one of the signers of the Declaration 
of Independence. Three children have been 
born to Judge and Mrs. Hibbard, namely: 
Charles B., his father's law partner; Jennie 
O., wife of Ormon J. Lougec, of Lougee 
]?rothers; and I.aura B., who resides with her 
parents. Judge Hibbard attends the Congre- 
gational church, and has been President of the 
society for twelve or fifteen years. 

As happily characterized in the "Grafton 
County History," published in 1856, "he is 
an industrious, faithful, and learned coun- 
sellor, of modest, quiet deportment, thought- 
ful and reflective mind, anil thoroughly 
conscientious in discharge of all iluties, po- 
litical, professional, and judicial. . . . Hon- 
est with the court and with his clients, he 
has gained a deserved and enviable reputation, 
both as a citizen and lawyer of his adopted 
State. " 

n-lBI'LRT J. MARSH, a prominent 
farmer of Gilmanton, was born in 
that town. May 28, 1852, son of 
Joseph and Hannah (Page) Marsii. The 
family is an old one in this part of the .State. 
The first of the name to come to Gilmanton 
was Isaac Marsh, great-great-great-grandfather 
of Mr. Herbert Marsh. Stalwart and sturdy, 

he lived to the age of ninety-four years. His 
si.\ chiklrcn had reached maturity when he 
came to Gilmanton. His son, Joseph Marsh, 
who was a blacksmith, settled at the Iron 
Works. Joseph's sons were: Joseph, Caleb, 
and Amos. His two daughters severally mar- 
ried men named Lougee and Thurston. 
Joseph (second) married Betsey Lougee, of 
Gilmanton, and they became the parents 
of eleven children; namely, Olive, Mary, 
Stephen, l^etsey, Amos, Joseph, Abigail, 
Clarissa, Harriett, Nehemiah, and John I?. 
John 1^ died January 25, 1S63, losing his life 
in the service of his country. 15etsey died in 
July, 1895; Clarissa, July 9, 1840; and Amos, 
December 19, 1857; Harriett, the only one of 
this large family now living, married Rufus 
Lamprey, of Manchester, who died in 1S95. 
Joseph Marsh (third), the grandfather of Her- 
bert J., married for his second wife a Mrs. 
Lydia Otis, who died May 24, 1859. Like so 
many of his ancestors he was a blacksmith, 
and he was well known and highly respected 
in the town. He died in October, 1867. 
His son, a fourth Joseph Marsh, the father of 
Herbert J. Marsh, followed farming as well 
as his father's trade. His wife was Hannah 
Page, a daughter of Henry Page, and a niece 
of Quaker John Page. The latter was a noted 
man. The Page family is among the oldest 
in Gilmanton, and in years past was very 
numerous. The children of Henry Page were : 
Annie W., Reuben, lilizabeth, Hannah, John. 
Samuel, Mary, and Sarah. The fourth Joseph 
Marsh and his wife, after their marriage, lived 
in Manchester, N.II. Upon his death the 
widow returned to Gilmanton, where some 
years later she married Stephen S. Nelson. 
Her children by her first marriage were: 
Addie, who was a school teacher, married 
Westley Cunningham, and died soon after; 
and Herbert J., the subject of this sketch. 


After attending the public schools of Man- 
chester for the usual period, Herbert J. Marsh 
took a course in a commercial school. He 
began his business life in the grocery store of 
Henry C. Merrill, with whom he worked for 
three years. After this he was with Stearns 
& l'\irmcr and George C. Lord respectively 
for si.x years. Since 1SS7 Mr. Marsh has 
lived in Gilmanton with Mrs. Nelson, his 
mother. They own over five hundred acres of 
land and one of the best residences in the 
town. Mr. Marsh keeps twenty-five cattle, 
and does considerable dairy business. He 
first married Fannie M. Poor, by whom he 
had two children — Lillian and Joseph. Lil- 
lian died in childhood. Mr. Marsh contracted 
a second marriage with Miss Addie 1?. Par- 
sons, daughter of George C. Parsons, an influ- 
ential resident of Gilmanton, who was a Select- 
man, and now is a County Commissioner. 
Mrs. Marsh graduated from the Pittsfield 
Academy, and taught school for a number of 
terms before her marriage. Both she and her 
husband are devoted members of the Congrega- 
tional church and active supporters of its 
religious and benevolent organizations. In 
politics Mr. Marsh is a Republican. He is a 
member of the Independent Order of Odil Fel- 
lows, Highland Lodge, No. 93; and of Crystal 
Lake Grange, No. loi. In 1875 he joined 
the New Hampshire Battery, in which he has 
since been made Sergeant. Mr. Marsh has 
a wide circle of friends, and is highly es- 
teemed in the town. He is liberal, fair- 
minded, and progressive; and his integrity is 

JDWARD E. RICF, founder of the Rice 
Manufacturing Company of New Dur- 
ham, was born in Freedom, N.II., 
August 3, 1863, son of William and Hannah 

(Randall) Rice. His grandfather, Thomas 
Rice, who was of luiglish ancestry, was one of 
the early settlers of P"reedom. 

William Rice was for some years a lumber 
dealer. In 1881 he came to New Durham, 
where he manufactured hogshead stock for 
three years, or until his death, which occurred 
in 1884, at the age of fifty-four years. In jiol- 
itics he was a Republican. He was an ener- 
getic business man, and stood high in the 
estimation of the community. He married 
Hannah Randall, of Ke^ar Falls, Me.; and 
Edward F. , the subject of this sketch, is the 
only child of their union. 

Edward E. Rice attended the high school in 
Springvale, Me., and comi>leled his studies at 
Phillips Academy, E.xeter, N.H., when he was 
nineteen years old. At the age of twenty-one 
he entered into partnership with his father, 
and some time after the ileath of the elder 
Rice closed out the lumber business, in order 
to engage in the manufacture of wire brushes, 
steam packing, and similar goods. He con- 
ducted business in partnership and alone until 
1893, when the Rice ManXifacturing Company 
was incorporated. This concern is now doing 
a large and profitable business. Their plant 
is located at Downing's Mills, where it has a 
good water power, and the products are shipped 
to all parts of the United States. Politically, 
Mr. Rice supports the Republican jiarty, ami 
for three years he rendereil efficient service to 
the town as a member of the School Board. 

Mr. Rice married Laura Ayers, daughter of 
Joshua Ayers, of Barnstead, N.H. He is a 
member of Winnepesaukee Lodge, F. & 
A. M., of Alton, N.H.; of Woodbine Lodge, 
I. O. O. F., of Farmington, N.H. ; and also 
of the PLncami^ment. His efforts to maintain 
and still further develo]i the industrial re- 
sources of this town are ajipreciatcd by his 
fellow-citizens, and he occupies a prominent 


position in the comnnni 
attend the Ibptist chuii 

\LCOM A. H. HART, M.D., a 

isin^ yoiini; physician of Milton, 
Strafford County, N.ll., was born 
in tiiis town, Docend)er jS, 1861, son of 
Simon and Mary A. (Wentworth) Hart. His 
paternal ,:j;randfathcr was Xathaniel Meserve 
Hart, ol Rochester, N.H.; anil two of his 
great-great-grandfathers were Colonel John 
Hart and Colonel Nathaniel Meserve, who 
commanded New Hampshire regiments in the 
last l'"rench and Indian War. (See Bel- 
kna|)"s History, accoimt of campaigns in 1756, 
1757, and 175S. ) The Hart family, it may be 
mentioned, is one of the oldest in the State, 
having settled in and around Portsmouth in 
very early Colonial days. 

Simon Hart, who was a native of Rochester, 
followed mechanical pursuits in Milton for 
many years. The last twenty years of his life, 
however, were passed in South l^crwick. Me., 
where he died July 9, 1882. In politics he 
was a Republican, but took no active part in 
public affairs. He married Mary A. Went- 
worth, a native of Farmington, N.H., and she 
became the mother of nine children, four of 
wliom are living, namely: Lyndcl, a resident 
of New York State; Justin and lamest, who 
arc residing in Lawrence, Mass.; and Malcom, 
the subject of this sketch. 

Malcom A. H. Hart, having completed his 
studies at the Berwick Academy in 1878, was 
for some time engaged in teaching school in 
Lebanon, South Berwick, and Kennebunk, 
Me., and then took a two years' course in 
the medical department of Bowdoin College. 
Lntering the University of New York City in 
1887, he was graduated in 1SS8, and located 
for practice in Fall River, Mass., where he 

remained for eighteen months. .After that he 
took a year's post-graduate course in New 
York City, obtaining much valuable practical 
experience in the hospital connected with the 
school. He resumed the duties of his pro- 
fession at Gilmanton Iron Works, residing 
there for a year; and in iSqi he settled in 
Milton, where he has since remained. His 
professional success in his native town has 
been so marked as to gain for him a high 
reputation as a skilful and reliable physician, 
and a profitable practice is the result. 

Dr. Hart and Estelle L. Draper, daughter 
of Hiram H. Draper, of Rutland County, 
\'ermont, were married in 1890, and are the 
parents of two sons; namely, Wentworth and 
ICzra D. 

Dr. Hart is a member of Olive Branch 
Lodge, No. 28, I. O. O. F., of .South Berwick; 
and is officially connected with the Ancient 
Order of United Workmen and the Improved 
Order of Red Men of Milton. He is one of 
the Trustees of the Nute High School of the 
town. In politics he acts with the Repidilican 
party, and in his religious views he is a 


who commanded a company of volun- 
teers in the Civil War, and is now 
a prosperous farmer of Meredith, Belknap 
County, N.H., was born in Tuftonboro, Car- 
rol County this State, December 2, 1833. 
His parents were Thomas K. and Cynthia 
(Blaisdell) Lang. His great-grandfather, 
Josiah Lang, first, a native of Greenland, 
N.H., settled in Portsmouth, and followed the 
trade of a shoemaker. He joined a military 
company that was raised toward the latter ])art 
of the Revolutionary War and did garrison 
duty. He died May 12, 1S28, at the age of 
eighty-two years. His wife, Pearn Johnson, 



was of iMiglish descent. Her father was a 
Colonel in the Revolutionary struggle. She 
was a remarkably bright and active woman, 
and lived to be ninety-four years old. She 
died June 4, 1S41, having been the mother of 
four sons anil three daughters, Josiah, second, 
Captain Lang's grantlfather, being the eldest 

Jiisiah Lang, second, was born in Portsmouth, 
A|iiil IJ, I//-- His occupation was farming. 
He removed with bis son to Meredith in 
April, i.Sir'), and died in this town, September 
2~, 1 85 5. He married Sarah Whidden, a 
natix'e of Portsmouth, born August 2, 1774, 
and had a family (}f three children, namely: 
J.iscph \V. , Thomas V.. ; and Josiah, who died 
at the a-e nt eleven years. Mrs. Sarah W. 
Lang died iJecember Ji, 1X61. Josiah Lang, 
second, was a Jacksonian Democrat in i)(ditics. 
An extensive reader, he was a man of unusual 
intelligence, and entertained very decided 
views upon all subjects with which he was 
familiar. In his religious belief he was a 
Methodist, anil his wife was a Congregation- 
alist, but as there was no place of worship be- 
longing to either of these denominations in the 
vicinity of their residence, they joined the 
Christian church. 

Their son, Thomas V.. Lang, was born in 
Portsmouth, June 21, 1801. He was educated 
in the district schools, and accompanied his 
parents to Tuftonboro. He engaged in agri- 
cultuial pursuits, and resided there until 1854, 
when he bought a small farm in Meredith and 
removed his family to this town. He contin- 
ued to till the soil as long as he was able, the 
last four years of his life being spent in re- 
tirement. He died in 18S9. Politically, he 
acted with the Democratic party, and be 
served as Ta.x Collector in Tuftonboro for sev- 
eral years. He was a member of Morning 
Star Lodge, F. & A. M., of Wolfboro, N.H. 

His wife, Cynthia lUai.sdell, was born in 
Gilford, N. IL, May 29, 1S02, daughter of 
the Rev. William Hlai.sdcll, a Christian l!ap- 
tist clergyman of that t<iwn. She became the 
mother of two children: .Sarah Whidden, who 
married Nathan W. Wadleigh, of Meredith; 
and Joseph William. Mrs. Cynthia 1!. Lang 
died January 7, 1890. She and her husliand 
were members of the Congregational churcii. 
Joseph William Lang the subject of this 
sketch, acquired his education in the district 
school and at the Meredith liridge Academy. 
In 1852 he began life for himself as a clerk in 
the general store of Lang & Stevens, the 
.senior partner being his uncle. Three years 
later, when about twenty-two years of age, he 
bought the interest of I\Ir. Stevens, and con- 
tinued in business until the summer of i,sr)2. 
In August of that year he went to work with 
a will to raise a comp:iny for service in the 
Civil War, and in four days he recruited 
ninety-eight men and three officers. These 
were mustered in as Company I, of the 
Twelfth Regiment, New Hamiishire Vidun- 
teers, and Joseph W. Lang was chosen its 
Captain. On September 27, 1862, they left 
New Hamjjshire for Washington, and after 
camping u])on the Robert L. Lee estate at 
Arlington Heights for a short time joined 
Colonel Wright's division. On October 10 
they were ordered to General Whipple's 
division, Third Army Corps, and joined Gen- 
eral McClellan's command. They were later 
assigned to the Eighteenth and Twenty- fourth 
Army Corps. The Twelfth New Hamiishiie 
was the last regiment to leave the held after 
the battle of Fredericksburg; and Cajjtain 
Lang commanded his company in the battle of 
Chancellorsville, where he was wounded in 
the thigh and side and taken prisoner. He 
was parolled after tiiirteen days of captivity, 
and, being sent to Washington, was then 


given a furlougli and came hnnie. In August, 
1S63, he rejoined his regiment at I'liint l.ook- 
out, where he remained guarding rel)el pris- 
oners until April. ii<f>4; and in May of that 
year he was again laid up on account of his 
njd wound. He was at l'"ortress Monroe 
lor a time, and, finally resigning his com- 
mission, returned to Meredith, where the next 
year was passed in recovering his health. He 
was engaged as a clerk until 1S70, at which 
time he started in the dry-goods husiness upon 
his own account, and followed it successfully 
until 1S79. He has since devoted his time 
and energies to general farming. He owns a 
desirahle piece of agricultural property, con- 
taining ahout one hundred acres, cuts an aver- 
age of forty tons of hay annually, and keeps 
about fifteen head of cattle and a large flock 
of poultry. 

In politics Cajjtain Lang has always been an 
active supporter of the Democratic party. In 
1 86 1 and 1862 he represented this town in the 
legislature and served upon the committees on 
State House and on Militia. In 1S73 and 
1S76 he was again a member of the legislature. 
In 1 891 and 1892 he was a member of the 
l^oard of Selectmen, and he has acted as mod- 
erator at town meetings for twelve years. 

On January 19, i860, Captain Lang married 
Lucy A. Leach, daughter of the Rev. Giles 
Leach, a Congregational ist preacher. The 
only child of this union is Llizabeth \V. , who 
is now a teacher in I'"ranklin Falls, N.H. 

In September, 1862, Captain Lang was 
made a Mason in Blazing Star Lodge, of 
Concord; in 1866 he became a charter mem- 
ber of Chocorua Lodge, F. & A. M., No. S3; 
and he is also a member of Union Chapter, 
No. 7, R. A. M. of Laconia. He is Past 
Chancellor of Mereilith Lodge, No. 50, 
Knights of Pythias; is Past Sachem of Algon- 
quin Tribe, No. 26, Improved Order of Red 

Men; was the I-'irst Commander of George S. 
Cram Post, No. 54, G. A. R. ; and is con- 
nectetl with W'innepesaukce Grange, P. of H. 
Captain Lang attends and contributes toward 
the sujiport of the Congregational clunch, of 
which Mrs. Lang is a member. 


an able and skilful physician, who has 
met with signal success in the prac- 
tice of his profession since coming to Dover 
thirteen years ago, was born July 24, 1853, in 
West Cumberland, Cumberland County, Me., 
son of Joseph Y. and Abbie N. (Libby) Blan- 
chard. He was six years of age when his par- 
ents removed to Saco, Me. Here he received 
his early education, first attending the district 
schools, and afterward the Biddeford High 
School, from which he graduated in 1S71. 

After taking a commercial course at Gray's 
Business College in Portland, Mr. Blanchard 
accepted the position of book-keeper and 
cashier with the firm of Chadbourn & Kendall, 
dry-goods merchants of Portland, remaining 
with them seven years. In his spare hours 
during five years of this time.he fitted himself 
for his present career, reading medicine with 
Dr. Edward Kimball and attending lectures 
at the Portland Medical College. Having, in 
the meantime, by close economy accumulated 
a sufficient sum to warrant him in giving up 
his jiosition, Mr. Blanchard took a two years' 
medical course at Portland Medical School, 
and afterward entered the medical department 
of Bowdoin College, from which he was gradu- 
ated with the class of 1884. A few months 
later he located in Dover, among whose people 
and those of its suburbs he has since won an 
extensive patronage. 

Dr. R. G. Blanchard was married Septem- 
ber 4, 1877, to Miss Laura B. Hodgdon, a 


(l.uightcr of Z. H. and Orinda (Reed) 
Ilud-'don, of North I'.ootlihay, Me. He has 
one daughter, Florence L. , now fourteen 
years of age. In politics l.)r. ]51anchard is an 
uncompromising Re|niblican. He is an active 
and prominent member of many societies, in- 
cluding the Maine Medical Society; the Straf- 
ford District Medical Society, of which he has 
been the secretary for two years; and the 
Dover Medical Society, of which he was sec- 
retary for five years, and president for two 
years. The doctor has likewise been an ar- 
dent worker in Masonic circles, and has done 
much to promote the good of the order in this 
city. lie has already taken the thirty-second 
degree of Masonry; is a member of Strafford 
Lodge and Iklknap Chapter; is Thrice Illus- 
trious Master of Orphan Council ; and a 
Knight of St. Paul's Commandery, of which 
he was Eminent Commander for two years. 
In 1X95 he was invested with the degrees of 
the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite; and 
he is now at the head of the Dover Lodge of 
Perfection, holding the rank of Thrice Potent 
Grand Master. Dr. lilanchard is also an 


l'\dlow, belonging to Peacon Lodj 
lanil, and to Portland Lncampment. 

if P 

ity of 

Laconia, N.IL, owes to the Perley 
family many of her important enter- 
prises. To Stephen Perley especially much is 
due, as he was the father of industrial life in 
this place. He was born in Ipswich, Mass., 
October 7, 1770, a son of Allen Perley. 

The Perley family is said to have had its 
origin in Wales. Allen Perley (first), who was 
from St. Albans, Herefordshire, England, 
landed at Charlestown, Mass., in 1630, and 
settled in Ipswich in 1634. The following 
year he was married to Susanna Bokeson, who 

bore him four sons — John, Samuel, Thomas, 
and Timothy. Timothy, who was the great- 
grandfather of the subject of this sketch, had 
three'sons — Stephen (first), Joseph, and Allen 
(second). Stephen (first) had one son, yMlen 
(third), a farmer of Ipswich; and Allen (third) 
had four sons — Allen, John, Stephen, and 
Jacob — each of whom lived to be over eighty 
years of age. All these, beginning with the 
children of Allen and Susanna (Bokeson) Per- 
ley, were born in Ipswich, Mass. 

Stephen Perley, who was the third son of his 
parents, acquired his education in the common 
schools of Ipswich; and after leaving school he 
worked for a while in a store in Salem, Mass. 
While still a young man he located in Mere- 
dith Bridge, now Laconi:i, where he was one 
of the first settlers: and his inilomitable 
energy developed in the small village a re- 
markable degree of inilustrial activity. At 
one time he owned most of the land on which 
the city stands. He was extensively engaged 
in farming, raising some years six hundred 
bushels of corn. He managed a general store, 
which was the centre of trade not only for the 
inhabitants of the village, but also for those in 
the outlying country. He had a number of 
saw-mills, where the lumber felled on the land 
he was clearing was converted into marketable 
shape; and, in addition to all this, he estab- 
lished, as the place grew, a nail factory, a 
starch factory, a cotton-mill, and a linseed oil 
mill. The cotton-mill he eventually .sold to 
Daniel Avery. Mr. Perley dug the canal con- 
necting the bend of the Winnepesaukce River 
at North Church Street with the same river 
near Winnesquam Lake, where the Laconia 
car shops now are. In foresight and enter- 
prise he was far ahead of his time, and many 
of his plans have been adopted and carried out 
by the wise men of to-day. 

His personal history was the early history of 


the town. A Jefferson i:in D^ni icrat, he was 
active als(j in the politics of the time. He 
was one of the electors for Van Huren, repre- 
senteii this part of ]?elknap County in the 
State legislature, and he was Postmaster here 
for thirty years. A resident of the town for 
si.\ty years, he was an essential factor in its 
life during all that time; and no man was more 
popular than he. In his later days he was a 
strong Universalist, an 1 his house was always 
a minister's home. Mr. I'erley was a great 
admirer of the Rev. llosea Ballon, of Boston, 
or, as he was reverentially called, F.ather Bal- 
lon, ixnl invited him at an early day to visit 
him at Meredith Bridge and proclaim his 
l)eculiar \icws to the people, as Universalism 
was entirely unknown here. He came and 
preached the new faith, as it was then spoken 
of, and created quite a sensation among the 
inhabitants of the place, both for and against 
the doctrine, many of the most prominent 
citizens adopting his ideas at once. The 
Rev. Messrs. Sebastian and Russel Streeter 
followed Mr. Ballon, by invitation of Mr. 
Perley: and in that way he was instrumental 
in forming what w\as for many years a strong 
and zealous Universalist Society. 

Mr. I'erley was twice married. His first 
wife, Abigail, died young, leaving one child, 
a daughter, Sarah, who married Dr. John 
Durkce, of Laconia, a prominent physician at 
that early day. His second marriage was with 
Mehitable, daughter of Colonel Samuel Ladd, 
who was one of the first settlers and a promi- 
nent citizen of Gilmanton, now Belmont, N.H. 
He was a large land-owner, and Ladd Hill 
was named for his family. In politics he was 
directly opposed to Mr. Perley, being an 
earnest Rc]Hiblican. A strictly honest man, 
kind and affectionate to his family and friends, 
he had few enemies. At the time of his death 
Colonel Ladd was the oldest inhabitant of the 

place. Mrs. Mehitable Perley was a most 
worthy, charitable woman and an e.\emi)lary 
wife and mother. She died October 25, 1834, 
aged fifty-one years and si.\ months. Mr. Per- 
ley died April 13, 1S55, passing away peace- 
fully at the good old age of eighty-four years 
and six months, leaving five children — 
Stephen Jefferson, John Langdon, Louisa, 
Abigail, and Martha Maria. 

Stephen Jefferson Perley died at tlie age of 
twenty. Of John Langdon Perley, who be- 
came a successful physician and public man, 
an extended account will be found elsewhere 
in this work. Louisa (now deceased) married 
Nathan T. Fogg, a farmer of Belmont. Abi- 
gail became the wife of John H. Ikewster, of 
Laconia, editor of a paper. She also has 
passed to the better life. ALartha :\Iaria Per- 
ley still remains in good health at the ri|ie age 
of eighty-one years. She was born in La- 
conia, November 19, 1^15, and was married 
October 22, 1S35, to the Rev, Joseph Plum- 
mer Atkinson, a Universalist clergyman, who 
was a native of Gloucester, Mass., and who 
studied with Thomas Whittemore, D.D. 

The Rev. Joseph P. Atkinson was well 
known anil highly esteemed in New Hamp- 
shire and Massachusetts during his years of 
ministerial labor, having charge of churches 
in Hinghnm, Mass., Dover, and Weare, N.H., 
Westbrook, Me., and Marblehead, Orleans, and 
Orange, Mass., and for a while being in the 
Universalist Publishing House in Boston, 
Mass. In 1852 Mr. Atkinson became a resi- 
dent of Laconia: and here in 1885 he and his 
wife celebrated their golden wedding, which 
excited much interest, being the first ever held 
in this region. He made his home in Laconia 
up to the time of his death, which occurred 
December 27, 1888, when he was seventy-nine 
years of age. From the address at his funeral 
by the Rev. Alonzo A. Miner, D.D., we copy 


these words of high appreciation: "His pulpit 
labors were marked by plain common sense 
and freedom from anything like ambiguity. 
Scorning all cant and every form of pretence, 
he breathed the spirit of our holy religion into 
his life toil, and allied himself with all those 
movements fitted to uplift the community 
around iiim. Especially was the cause of tem- 
perance dear to his heart, and he was a life 
worker of its principles." 

It is easy to believe as one looks upon the 
intelligent and kindly features of Mrs. Atkin- 
son that she was an able helpmeet to her hus- 
band in his church antl other work. The three 
children born to Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson are 
all living at this time (1897). They are: 
Mrs. Josephine P. Thwing, widow of Charles 
Thwing, a merchant tailor of Boston; Orville 
A., who has succeeded to Mr. Thwing in busi- 
ness; and Joseph P. Atkinson, a prominent 
merchant of Laconia. 

folIN I). lilll.liKICK, a well-known 
merchant, engaged in the grocery busi- 
ness in Rochester, StrafTord Coimty, 
was born in Effingham, Carroll County, N.IL, 
in September, 1848, son of Ara and .Sarah A. 
(Thompson) Philbrick. lie remained at home 
with his parents until thirteen years (dd, in 
the meanwhile attending the common schools. 
Then, leaving home, he went to Wenham, 
Mass., where he worked for three years in a 
shoe factory, later going to Dover, where he 
was emjiloyed in shoe factories some si.xteen 
years. He ne.xt went to Lowell and connected 
himself as travelling salesman with a house 
dealing in mill supplies, and was thus engaged 
four years, during which time he travelled 
through New England, Canada, and the Prov- 
inces. In 1884 he came to Rochester, and 
embarked in his present business, of which he 

has made a complete success. On March 25, 
1879, Mr. Philbiick was married to Miss 
Abbie Cater, of Harrington, N.II. Their 
only child died at the age of nine years. 

Politically, Mr. Philbrick is a Republican, 
and has been very active in local affairs. lie 
is now serving his fourth term as County Com- 
missioner. He was one of the Councilmcii in 
the'first City Council, and took a leading part 
in clearing the city S(|uare, being chairman of 
the committee that had charge of the work. 
Mr. I'hilliiick is a member of Humane Lodge, 
No. 21, I'. & A. M. ; Mount Pleasant Lodge, 
I. O. O. ]■"., of Dover; and tlie Dover Lodge of 

AZP:N p. W1-;EKS, a successful farmer 
)f Gilford, Belknap County, N.II., 
and a veteran of the Civil War, was 
born on Liberty Hill, October 22. 1840. son 
of Noah and Mary (Dudley) Weeks. His 
grandfather, Noah Weeks, Sr. , who was born 
in Greenland, N.H., January 12, 1754, was 
the first of the family to settle in Gilford. In 
February, 1780, he married liet.sey Meade, 
who was born April 11, 1759, and died March 
26, 1820. He died March 12, 1825. 

Noah and Betsey (Meade) Weeks were the 
parents of nine children, a brief rec<ird of 
whom is as follows: William, born in Gil- 
maiiton, December 14, 1782, died in 1839; 
Mary, born Seiitember 24, 1784, died July 26, 
1806; Sally was born November 14, 1786; 
Matthias was born December 13, 1788; Asa 
was born in Aiigust, 1790; lietsey was born 
August 24, 1792, and died January 9, 1818; 
Hannah was born June i.S, 1794, and died in 
1 81 3; Noah was born March 29, 1797; anti 
Plleanor was born January 12, 1804. William 
Weeks settled in Portsmouth, N.II., and was 
in his later years editor of a newspaper. He 
married Abigail Hubbard. Sally married 


Daniel Kcllcy, and resided upon a farm on 
Giiiney Kidye in the town of Gilmanton. 
Her son, Joim L. Kelley, is now a well-known 
resident of Franklin, X.I I. Matthias Weeks 
lived in Gilford, and was a prosperous farmer. 
He married 15etsey Thing, and had three 
ehiklren, of whom the only one living is Dea- 
con Jonathan, who is now eighty years old. 
IJetsey Weeks married l-'.phraini C. Mason. 
Asa married Jemima Marston. ]-:ieanor mar- 
ried John G. Sanborn, and resides in Laconia. 
Noah Weeks, fourth son of Noah, Sr., en- 
gaged in farming with his father when a young 
man, and continuetl with him while he li\'ed. 
Previous to his death, grandfather Noah 
Weeks divided his jir.iperty, Asa taking the 
Webster farm, Noah, Jr., lather of Ilazen V. 
Weeks, retaining possession of the homestead 
on Liberty Hill. Me was an able farmer, and 
realized a comfortable ])ros])erity as the result 
ol his labor. He was prominent in public 
alfairs, and for many years was a Deacon of 
the iM-ee Will Baptist church. He died in 
August, iSjj. His wife, Mary Dudley, whom 
he married April 23, 1820, became the mother 
of eleven children; namely, Ik^tsey M., 
Charles H., Alvah T., Mary J., Lyman M., 
Eleanor P., Hannah A., Noah D., Serepta A. 
Hazen P., the subject of this sketch, and Sarah 
F. Betsey M. Weeks, became Mrs. Ellis, is 
now a widow, and resides with her son in New 
York City. Charles H. married Polly Wad- 
leigh, and died in Centre Harbor, Nil. Al- 
vah T., who lives in Romney, N.H., married 
Salina 151anding, and had a family of three 
children, two of whom are living. Mary J. 
married P'rank Naton, and died in Manchester, 
leaving one child, who is living in Laconia. 
Lyman M. wedded Mary A. Thing, and both 
died in (liHord, N.H., leaving one child, now 
living in Laconia. P'.leanor P. married Albeit 
Rogers (both deceased). Haimah A. died at 

the age of sixteen years. Noah D. married 
Plmma Jewell, and lives in Laconia, N. H. 
Sarepta A. is now Mrs. Lamprey, of Laconia. 
Sarah T. married Hiram lunerson, and is re 
siding at the okl homestead. 

Hazen ]'. Weeks was educated in the dis- 
trict schools, at Gilford Academy, and at New 
Hampton, where he s|)ent one school year, and 
then returned to his father's home for a short 
time. In 1863 he enlisted in the P'irst Ivcgi- 
ment. New Hampshire Heavy Artillery. He 
served as a non-commissioned officer until the 
close of the war, and after his return from the 
army he was for a few years engaged in farm- 
ing at the homestead. In 1874 he bought the 
Webster farm, formerly his uncle Asa's, which 
adjoins the home property, and, having added 
more land, he now owns two hundred acres. 
He has made various improvements ujion the 
land and buildings, and has one of the best 
pieces of agricultural property in this locality. 
He was formerly engaged in stock-raising, 
but for the past fifteen years has devoted his 
attention to the milk business. He is an 
active supporter of the Republican party, has 
served three years as a Selectman, and two 
years as a Re[)resentative ; and while in the 
legislature he was a member of the Committee 
on Roads and Bridges and ujion the Insane 

Mr. Weeks married Mary F. Roberts, a 
native of Belmont, N.H., daughter of John M. 
and Sarah E. (Leavitt) Roberts. Her father 
was a native of Gilford, and her mother was 
born in North Hampton, N. H. John Roberts, 
father of John M., was an early settler in 
Gilford. He had three other sons; namely, 
Charles, Joseph L., and James H., who at one 
time were all engaged in the machine business 
in Boston, where James II. Roberts is carry- 
ing on an extensive business in that line at the 
present time. Mrs. Weeks's father was for- 


nieily in business, but returned to tbe home- 
stead ill order to eare for his ])arents in their 
old age, and is now living in Laconia. Mrs. 
Weeks has a sister, Etta VI. y who married 
Dana ]{lliott, of Laconia, and a brcjther, John 
L. Roljerts, who is now engaged in the wood, 
coal, and ice business in Laconia. Mr. and 
Mrs. Weeks have two children — Walter S. 
and Bessie K. Walter S. Weeks received his 
education at schools in (iilford and New 
Hampton. Mr. Weeks is a member of (iran- 
ite Lo.lge, No. 3, Ancient Order of United 
Workmen, of Laconia; and he and Mrs. 
Weeks are members of Belknap Grange. In 
his religious views he is a Free Will Bajjtist. 

{Qf^ MI';LVIN loss, e.x-Mayor of Dover, 
ik1 one (jf its substantial business 
men, was born July 23, 1X47, in the 
town of Strafford. He is a son of Dennis and 
Hannah (Peary) Foss, the former (jf whom 
was for several years a mill owner in Straf- 
ford. After receiving his education in a pri- 
vate school, Mr. Foss, at the age of eighteen 
years, became a clerk in the general store of 
John W. Jewell, of Strafford. Two years 
later he and his father opened a stcjre of the 
same kind in the same jilace. In 1874 D. I'"oss 
& Son iMought their business to Dover, here 
establishing a small bo.x factory and grain mill. 
They disposed of the grain mill in 1S84, and 
then added to the manufacture ot bo.xes that of 
doors, sashes, and blinds, devoting the entire 
first floor of their new building to the planing 
and bo.x mill, and the second and third floors 
t<j the other departments. Their business now 
gives employment to fifty or mcjre men. 

In politics Mr. Foss is a firm supi)orter <if 
the principles of the Reimblican party. Dur- 
ing the administration of President U. S. 
Grant he served as Postmaster of Strafford. 

Since his arrival in Dover he has been closely 
identified with the best interests of the city, 

citizens. I'"or several years he was a member 
of the School Board; and during the years of 
1893, 1894, and 1895 he served acceptably in 
the office of Mayor. He is a member of 
Strafford Lodge, No. 29, F. & A. M., the 
chairs of which he has |.assed through; of 
JSelknap Chapter, passing throu-h the chairs; 
of Orjihan Council, in which he has been Dep 
uty Master; and St. Paul Commandery, of 
which he is (leneralissimo. He is also an 
active mendjer of the Dover Lodge of Elks. 

In 1869 Mr. P'oss married Miss Clara S. 
Foss, daughter of iMank and Alice T. (I-'oss) 
Foss, of Strafford. Mr. and Mrs. Foss have 
but one child, Ina G., n.iw the wife of l-rank 
!•:. ];oomer, junior member of the firm of 
A. P, Drew .S: Co, photographers, of Dover. 

"C^/iLLiAM r(k;kwI';ll cl()L'(;ii, 

^V tli^' well-known manufacturer of 
Alton, N.H.. was born in this t..wn, 
Novemlter 8, i ,S44. He is the younger son of 
the late John C. Clough, ami a grandson of 
Daniel Clough, who came to y\lt<ui with his 
two brothers, the three settling on adjoining 
farms, and all rearing families. Daniel diil 
farming and some Uimliering, and carried on a 
coo])ering business in the winter months, sell- 
ing barrels in the surrounding towns. He 
married Sally Meserve, and was father of three 
sons — Joseph M., Benjamin V., and John C. 
Joseph M. married Esther Philbrick, and had 
two children — l^lecta and Daniel. ]'>enjaniin 
1". lived on the homestead, but never married. 
John C. Clough received a good education, 
and afterward learned the painter's and cal.)inet- 

business in Manchester during many years (jf 


his active business life, and later retired to 
Alton, where he developed farming interests. 
He was a loyal Republican, and represented 
the town in the State legislature and held 
various other offices. His wife was I.ydia 
Treddick, and his two children were: Oscar, 
now living on the old |)lace ; and William 
kockwell Clough, the subject of this sketch. 
John C. Clough was a mechanical genius. In 
the earliest stages of match making he manu- 
factured some lucifer matches and sold them. 
He foresaw the possibilities of the business, 
but, lacking ca])ital, he could not go into it to 
the extent he wished to; had he lived longer, 
he would, undoubtedly, have been able to 
carry out his plans. 

Rockwell Clough attended the public 
.schools in Alton and Gilmanton and Franklin 
Academy, Dover, and also took a commercial 
course, graduating at Eastman's College, 
Poughkeepsie. He worked with his father on 
the farm until his seventeenth year, when, 
wi.shing a wider field, he went to Mas.sachu- 
setts. While he was there the war broke out, 
and in 1S62 Mr. Clough enlisted in the Fif- 
tieth Massachusetts Regiment, and going into 
the field was in the siege and assault at Port 
Hudson, being under fire tliere for six weeks. 
During his residence in New York, after the 
war, he joined the Ninth Regiment of Infantry 
in the State \ational (niard, going in as b'irst 
Lieutenant of Comjiany H, and being afterward 
elected Captain. He was in this regiment for 
over five years, and withdrew (jn account of 
leaving the city. 

Wishing to become a professional book- 
keejjcr, Mr. Clough securetl a place in Cam- 
bridgeport, and, after gaining valuable exjieri- 
ence there during a few years, he was ap- 
pointed as expert accountant in the United 
States Department of the Internal Revenue in 
Iioston, where he remainetl for two years. 

While there he conceived the idea that corks 
in medicine bottles were incomplete without 
a screw to remove them. The ordinary way of 
digging out the cork with a knife or scissors 
destroyed the cork and often s])oiled the medi- 
cine. Mr. Clough thought that if wire screws 
c.iuld be manufactured in sufficient quantities 
and at low enough cost to enable manufact- 
urers of patent and standard medicines to sup- 
ply a screw for every stopper sold, it would 
make a paying business and be of general 
utility. Screws could be manufactured at a 
very small expense if the proper machinery 
could be invented and a market insured. (Jnce 
started on the line of invention, Mv. Clough 
became deeply interested, and has ever since 
been actively at work in thinking out new de- 
vices. He has patented in all over thirty in- 
ventions. It was three years before he could 
find a firm to take the wire screw in sufificient 
quantities to make its manufacture a suc- 
cess, and during this time he travelled over a 
large territory endeavoring to interest various 
firms in his plan. At last Perry Davis & Son 
were favorably impressed, and agreed to a con- 
tract, whereby they were to be supplied with 
wire screws for all the bottles in which their 
"Pain Killer" and other medicines were sold. 
Their only fear was that the screws could not 
be manufactured in sufficient numbers to keep 
them supplied. 

The machinery has been constantly im- 
l)roved, and automatic machines are now used 
by which one operator can do as much work as 
could be accomiilished by twenty men working 
by hand. These machines have been intro- 
duced in both France anil bjigland, and Mr. 
Clmigh has made several trips abroad in the 
interest of his patent. At the Centennial I'.x- 
position in Philadelphia in 1876, when the old 
machines were in use, he secured two ])re- 
miums. In 1878, at Paris, he received an- 

^ y 



other reward, and at the Culumbian Mxjiosi- 
tioii, Chicago, in 1893, he took the highest 
medal, the machines being one of the most 
interesting features of Machinery Mall, and 
the phice they occupied always one of the 
crowded sections. Mr. Clough and two as- 
sistants were constantly at work making 
screws, which were sold at five cents a piece 
as fast as they could be turned out. At the 
Cotton States Exposition at Atlanta, in 1895, 
the exhibit of the Rockwell Clough Company 
attracted great attention, and Mr. Clough was 
honored by being chosen president <if an asso- 
ciation composed of all the leading exhibitors, 
some fifteen hundred in number; in this posi- 
tion he entertained foreign and State clubs, 
and came in contact with many interesting and 
widely-known people. He met many Southern 
soldiers amid fraternal and pleasant associa- 
tions, antl retains the most agreeable recollec- 
tions of his visit to Atlanta. Mr. Clough's 
business has been located successively at New 
Bedford, Mass., New York City, Brooklyn, 
Newark, N.J., and Alton. He has at various 
times had a partner in the business, but is 
now .sole proprietor. Upon the death of his 
father, he came back to Alton, where, despite 
the advice of friends, who feared that this 
would not be a favorable location, he has built 
up a flourishing business. He now makes also 
a staple which has been patented, and which 
is supplied to a Boston heeling machine com- 
pany to be used in the manufacture of boots 
and shoes for fastening the heels. 

While making his way in business and 
struggling for success, Mr. Clough had little 
time to devote to politics; but now, with busi- 
ness and trade well established, he has turned 
his attention somewhat to his civic responsi- 
bilities. A lifelong Republican and a loyal 
one, he was last year chosen by his party as a 
candidate for the legislature, and was elected 

for the session of I S97, at which lie was ac- 
corded the high honor of Chairmanshiii of Com- 
mittee on National Affairs, and was made the 
President of the Veterans' Association of the 
legislature. His tilt with William Jennings 
Bryan at Manchester was noted in the ]iul)lic 
press throughout the country. When Mr. 
Bryan was to speak in that city, September 26, 
1896, Mr. Clough went to the hall, not with 
any idea of questioning him, but as a listener. 
The arguments put forth by the sjieaker, how- 
ever, seemed so specious, and such an attack 
on Rei:)ublican principles, that Mr. Clougii, 
without premeditation, put forth question after 
question in such a manner as to win for him- 
self great commendation from his supporters. 
A few days later he addresseil an open letter 
to the supporter of the Silver Democracy, 
which was afterward ]irinted and widely dis- 
seminated as campaign literature. 

Mr. Clough is a Mason and a member of 
Crystal Wave Lodge, No. 638, ]5rookly!i, 
N.Y. ; also a charter member of Winfield 
Scott Hancock Post, G. A. R., New York 
City. He is at the present time Commis- 
sioner from the State of New Hanii)shire to 
the Tennessee Centennial Ivxjjosition at Nash- 

Mr. Clough's wife, formerly Miss Amelia 
Young, died in 1S85. His only child, a 
daughter named Gertrude, is married to P'rank 
J. Dugan, a prominent manufacturer of Nor- 
walk. Conn. Mr. Clough has a fine residence 
at Alton, and hospitably entertains his many 
city friends. 

H-IAM F. SNOW, proprietor of the 
Dover Loom, Harness, and Recti 
P'actory in Dover, Strafford County, 
N.H., has been closely identified with the in- 
dustrial interests of this part of the State for 
more than half a century. He was born Jan- 


uary 28, 1826, in North 15crwick, Me., a son 
of Hiram Snow. His father was likewise a 
native of North Ik-rwick, and there grew to 
nianhooil. learning the shoemaker's trade as 
soon as he was old enough to engage in that 
useful handicraft. He subsequently settled 
in Tannvorth, N.H., and worked at shoemak- 
ing until his death, which occurred at the 
early age of thirty-five years His wife, 
Hannah Felch, a native of Tamworth, sur- 
vived him a number of years, dying, a little 
while after her second marriage, at Eaton, 
N.H., when thirty-seven years old. 

Hiram F. Snow was about a year and a half 
old when left fatherless; and from that time 
until si.xteen years of age he lived with his 
mother's brother, J. Felch, a farmer, in Tam- 
worth. Going then to the neighboring town 
of h:ffingham, he learned the trade of a carpen- 
ter and joiner, working there about three 
years. He afterward made his way to Dover, 
and, here beginning in a modest way as a car- 
penter, gradually enlarged his operations until 
he built up one of the most extensive contract- 
ing, roofing, and building businesses in the 
city, continuing until 1886. In that year Mr. 
Snow purchased his present factory, and, hav- 
ing equipped it with the most approved modern 
machinery, has since carried it on with most 
gratifying success. He is known throughout 
the city as a man of more than ordinary busi- 
ness ability and tact, who through his own 
exertions has steadily climbed the ladder of 
prosperity. In addition to his factory he owns 
considerable stock in other industrial enter- 
prises, he has six valuable thoroughbred road 
horses that he raised himself, and he occupies 
one of the most attractive residences in the 
city. All of this property has been acquired 
by persistent work, he having been from his 
youth up entirely dependent upon his own 

Mr. Snow has been twice married. His first 
wife, Roxanna, daughter of Jo.seph and Anna 
(Gray) Gentleman, of Dover, passed on to the 
higher life July 6, 1882. She bore him three 
children, the following being their recjrd : 
Charles F., a tailor, resides in Dover; George 
W., also a resident of this city, is a roofer and 
carpenter; a daughter, Hannah Francis, died 
when three years old. Mr. Snow married June 
20, 18S3, Miss Fannie Pinkham, daughter of 
Charles and Mary (Amazeen) Pinkham, of 
Farmington, N.H. Of this union two chil- 
dren have been born, namely: Ethel M., who 
died when seven years old ; and Bertha F., a 
bright little girl of nine years. 

Politically, Mr. Snow is an active Republi- 
can; and, besides having served as Council- 
man two years and as Alderman for the same 
length of time, he has represented Ward Two 
in the State legislature another two years. 
He is prominently identified with the Masonic 
fraternity, having taken the thirty - second 
degree, and being a Knight Templar. He is 
an active member of the Strafford Lodge, 
F. & A. M., of Dover: and is likewise a 
Knight of Pythias, belonging to Wechohamet, 
No. 3, I. O. O. F., of this city. 

FORGE O. HAYlvS, of Aladbury. 
Strafford County, N.H., is recog- 
nized as one of the most intelligent 
and thorough-going farmers of this locality. 
He was born March i, 183S, on the homestead 
that he now occupies. This old homestead 
was also the birthplace of his father, Timo- 
thy Y. Hayes, and of his grandfather, Na- 
thaniel Hayes. 

The first of the family to hold it in posses- 
sion was his great-grandfather, Daniel Hayes, 
who was born in England, August 26, 1723. 
He came to this country early in life, pur- 


chased the land while it was but partially cul- 
tivated, and witli stui'dy iierseverance made 
gijod headway in his pioneer work of clearing 
and inipni\ing a faini. He married Sarah 
riumer, of Milton, this county, March 23, 
1749, and thirteen children were born to them. 
Four of the number died in childhood; the 
names of the others were as follows: Richard, 
I'dizabeth, Daniel, Abigail, Sarah, Mahit- 
able, ]':zekiel, Ichabod, and Nathaniel. Mr. 
Daniel Hayes and his sons conducted a small 
tannery business on the farm, prepjaring the 
material from which, to some extent, they 
manufactured boots and shoes. Mr. Daniel 
Hayes attained the gooti old age of eighty- 
four years. 

Nathaniel Hayes, who succeeded his father 
in the ownership of the homestead, was born 
March 14, 1773, and married Mary Young, of 
Madbury, December 2~ , 1798. Their chil- 
dien were: Daniel, Timothy Young, Ira, 
Plummer, Jeremy D., Sarah P., Oliver K., 
ami one other who died in infancy. Mr. Na- 
thaniel Hayes did a great deal of pioneer work 
on this place, adding materially to the im- 
provements. He was popular in the com- 
munity, and at one time served as the Ivejire- 
sentative of his town in the State legislature. 
He with his sons carried on many different 
branches of industry. From the banks of 
clay on a part of said farm they made bricks 
for various uses, some of them being now pre- 
served as relics. They also built and operated 
a saw-mill on the banks of the ]5ellamy River, 
which runs through the farm. Blacksmithing, 
too, was carried on ; and some of the hon)e- 
made tools, such as steelyards and hammers 
are in use at the [uesent time. They likewise 
worked at joinery, making window frames 
and sashes, also doors. During this time 
farming was not in any way neglected. Busi- 
ness seemed to centre at this place, until rival I 

manufactures, on a larger scale, with machinery 
and improved methods, made wares cheaiier to 
buy than to make at home. In those days flax- 
was grown in the fields and prepared by the 
men for the busy housewife to spin and weave; 
and sheep were raised, from which wool was 
obtained for her to use in weaving cloth for 
clothing and for other purposes, the garments 
worn in the family being cut and made at 

Mr. Nathaniel Hayes died at the age of fifty- 
nine years, his son, Timothy Y. Hayes, com- 
ing in i)ossession of the estate. He was born 
August 17, 1801, and here spent his entire 
life. He tiled June 11, 1.S79. In his chosen 
occupation, agriculture, he was prospered, his 
diligent toil day after day meeting with a 
deserveil reward. He was married May zy, 
1833, to Abigail Ham, of Barnstead, who was 
born September 21, 1802. They had two 
children, namely: Kliza A., born August 14, 
1836, who is now the widow of David II. 
Evans, and resides in her native town; and 
George O. , special subject of this sketch. 

George O. Hayes accjuired a good education 
in the public .schools of Dover, and in his 
youthful days when not attending to his studies 
worked on the home farm, becoming as famil- 
iar with its duties as with the contents of his 
books. The management of the homestead 
devolved upon him when he was but twenty 
years of age, and from that time until the 
present he has looked most faithfully after its 
interests, each year adding to its improve- 
ments and value. He has also bought other 
land, being now the jjossessor of two hundred 
acres, one hundred and fifty of which belonged 
to the original estate. He carries on general 
farming and dairying; and, in addition to this, 
he raises sheep, a branch of industry in which 
he has excellent success. 

On June 11, 1861, Mr. Hayes was married 


to VAha A. Drew, who was born in the town 
of Ibrrington, this county, March 30, 1S3S, 
a daughter of Silas and Eliza J. (Caverly) 
Drew. Two sons born to Mr. and Mrs. Hayes 
died in infancy. The two children now living 
are: Martin T. H., who was born March 2, 
1862; and Emma E. , who was born June 21, 
1877. Martin T. H. Hayes received his edu- 
cation in Dover public schools; and he now 
lives on the farm with his father, assisting 
him in its management. He married, August 
5, 1888, Rosa A. Emerson, who was born 
October 30, 1868, in Lee, this county. Their 
only child, George L. , a bright and beautiful 
boy, born May 9, 1892, passed away at the 
age of four years, four months, and twenty- 
eight days. Emma E. Hayes was graduated at 
the Dover High School with the class of 
1896, and began teaching school on August 31 
of the same year. 

fWy^ORGV. H. DE^n^RITT, an enter- 
\fe I [irising merchant and one of the most 
].rominent residents of Alton, N.H., 
was born in Nottingham, Rockingham County, 
February 27, 1859. His parents, John H. and 
Jane Demeritt, were born in Durham, Straf- 
ford County, \.H., and the family sprang 
from one of three brothers, sons of K\\ de 
Merit, who were among the early settlers of 

George H. Demeritt's father left his native 
town when a young man, and, settling in Not- 
tingham, followed agricultural ]unsnits for 
some time. He then turnetl his attention to 
shoemaking, which has been his ])rinciple 
occupation in life. His wife, Jane Demeritt, 
became the mother of four children, namely: 
Andrew J. ; Frank J. ; Jossie; and George H., 
the subject of this sketch. Andrew J. became 
an engineer on the Union Pacific Railroad, and 

died in 1894. Frank J. fitted for college at 
Pinkerton Academy, Derry, N.H., and subse- 
quently engaged in teaching. After that he 
began to read law; in 1880 he went to Te.xas; 
in 1884 he was admitted to the bar in Galves- 
ton, Te.x. ; and he is now one of the most 
prominent lawyers in the State. Jossie at- 
tended the town school, and lived with her 
father until she was married to Mr. \\'illiam 
Ramsdell. She and her husband, who is fore- 
man for F. J. Durgin & Co., now reside at 
Bradford, Mass. Mrs. Jane Demeritt died 
some thirty-one years ago. 

Being thus left motherless at the age of 
seven years, George H. Demeritt went to 
reside with John Morrison of East Northwood, 
N. H. He remained there until 1873, when 
he entered Phillips Academy at P^xeter, N. H. ; 
and in the fall of 1873 he went to Pinkerton 
Academy, Derry, N.H., where his studies 
were completed. He then began to work for 
B. W. Hoyt & Co., Epping, N.H., where he 
remained until 1882, at which time he came 
to Alton and entered the employ of John Col- 
lins as draftsman and foreman of the cutting- 
room. In that double capacity he continued 
until November 28, 1896, when he severed his 
connection with the factory, much to the re- 
gret of those directly under his supervision, as 
well as his employers and all others con- 
cerned. He immediately formed a partner- 
ship with Waldo C. Varney and Frank A. 
Varney, under the firm name of Demeritt & 
Varney Brothers, for the purpose of engaging 
in general mercantile business. This concern 
has fitted up spacious quarters locateti u|ion 
the ground fioor of John Collins's factory, 
fronting on the main thoroughfare of the vil- 
lage; and they carry a large stock of general 
merchandise, including dry goods, boots and 
shoes, paints and oils, furnishing goods, gro- 
ceries, fiour and grain. 



In politics Mr. Demeritt is an active and 
zealous supporter of the Republican party, and 
has earnestly advocated its principles since be- 
coming a voter. In 1891 he was elected a 
member of the School Board, upon which he 
served for three years. He was Town Clerk 
from 1893 to 1S95. He succeeded the Hon. 
Amos L. Rollins as Judge of the Police Court, 
which position he resigned on November 30, 
1S96, previous to entering mercantile business. 

He is now a Justice of the Peace, also Chair- 
man of the Republican Town Committee, and 
the local party organization has in him a most 
capal)le and efificient worker. Actively in- 
terested in all movements which tend to bene- 
fit the general community, he was one of the 
committee of three who were elected by the 
town to locate and build the Opera House; 
has been President of the Building and Loan 
Association, and Chairman of the Board of 
Library Trustees since its organization. In 
fact, he was one of the original promoters of 
the movement which resulted in the estab- 
lishment of that useful institution, having 
begun his endeavors to bring it into existence 
when the State law was passed, giving one hun- 
dred dollars' worth of books to every town that 
would inaugurate and place in working order a 
jniblic library. He labored diligently to se- 
cure its foundation and opening, with the re- 
sult that it now contains over two thousand 
volumes. Mr. Demeritt has at various times 
acted as Librarian, having served in that ca- 
pacity without remuneration, and his efforts in 
its behalf are both creditable to himself and 
an honor to the town. 

In 1880 Mr. Demeritt was united in mar- 
riage with Carrie L. Norris, daughter of 
Thomas J. Norris, of Epping, N. H. In Ma- 
sonry Mr. Demeritt has reached the Royal 
Arch Degree. He is a member of Sullivan 
Lodge, No. 19, F. & A. M., of Epping, and of 

the chapter in P'armington, N.H. He is also 
a member of Cocheco Lodge, No. 28, Knights 
of Pythias, of Alton, and a member of the 
Grand Lodge of New Hampshire. 

EUBEN W. PRICE, M.D., of Alton, 
whose career has been diviiled be- 
tween the practice of medicine and 
dentistry, in both of which he has met with 
excellent success, was born in Gilmanton, Bel- 
knap County, N.H., February 12, 1838, a son 
of Moses and Sarah (Page) Price. 

William Price, son of Richard, a native of 
Wales, as the master of a vessel made frequent 
voyages to America, where at twenty-four 
years of age, on September 12, 1727, he met 
and married Sarah Hidden, of Rowley, Mass. 
Si.x years later, in 1733, Captain William 
Price was lost in the Strait of Gibraltar. He 
left a son and daughter — William and Sarah. 
William, second, son of Captain William, 
married Sarah Giddings, of Essex, Mass., in 
1752. During the early years of his life he 
was a successful grocer in Newburyport, Mass. 
In January, 1782, he settled on a farm in Gil- 
manton, N.H., where he died June 18, 1797, 
aged seventy years, leaving eight children; 
namely, William. Sally, Mary, Elizabeth S., 
John B., Ebenezer, Lucy, and Ebenezer (sec- 

William, the eldest child, the third of the 
name in direct line, born December 23, 1752, 
died December 9, 1822, aged seventy years. 
He was married first on April 30, 1781, to 
Susanna Sumner, of Portsmouth, N.H., and 
resided for six years in Newburyport. Then 
in 1787 he followed his father to Gilmanton, 
where he became a successful farmer, and held 
various positions of trust. His first wife died 
July 18, 1794, aged forty-two; and his sec- 
ond, who when he married her was a widow, 


Mrs. Mary Adams Smith, died on October 3, 
1S47, at eighty-six years of ai;e. There were 
six children by the first union — John, Will- 
iam, Stephen, Sarah, Kben and Mary (twins) ; 
and four by the second union; namely, 
ICphraim S., I'^bcnezcr, Moses, and Thomas. 

Moses Price, the younijest but one of ten 
children, worked in his early life at his trade 
of carpenter and builder; and, having bought 
with his earnings the shares of his brothers, 
he lived on the old homestead, which has re- 
mained in the Price name for more than a 
hundred years, and has been the home of five 
generations. He was a member of the Con- 
gregational church, the hardest working man 
in Belknap County, a leading citizen, promi- 
nent in town affairs, being often elected to 
office as a Republican, when the Democrats 
were in the ascendency. He was thrice mar- 
ried, first on March 30, 1826, to Theodate 
Page, who died October i, 1837, at the age of 
twenty-one; second, on December 25, 1829, 
to Sarah Page, who died November 19, 1854; 
and third, on March 24, 1858, to widow 
Judith Kdgerly Oilman, whom he left a widow 
at his death in 1873. There was one child by 
the first marriage, Theodate P., who married 
I.evi H. Mudget, of Gilmanton, N.H. Hy 
the second marriage there were two sons and 
two daughters; namely, Kbenezer Sewall, 
Mary P., Reuben W., and Martha E. Eben- 
czer Sewall married Mary Jane Clay and lived 
on the old homestead ; Mary P. married Ben- 
jamin Quincy Jewett, of Gilford, N.H. ; 
Martha E. was graduateJ at Gilmanton Acad- 
emy and Mount Holyoke College, South Had- 
ley, Mass., and taught school a number of 
years in New Hampshire and in South 
Weymouth and Beverly, Mass. She is now a 
missionary at Inanda, Natal, South Africa, 
whither she went in 1877. 

Reuben W. Price, the special subject of 

this biography, worked on the home farm until 
about fifteen years of age, after which he fitted 
for college at Gilmanton Academy, but for 
want of health he gave up a collegiate course, 
and began the study of medicine with Dr. 
Nahum Wight, of Gilmanton. After studying 
three years and attending one course of med- 
ical lectures at Bowdoin College in Maine, and 
two courses at Dartmouth College, Hanover, 
N.H., he received his medical degree from 
the latter institution. His educational ex- 
penses were in large part defrayed by teaching 
in Gilmanton and Manchester, and as an as- 
sistant at Gilmanton Academy. 

Immediately after his graduation in 1861 he 
located in Seabrook, N.H.; and after three 
years' practice enlisted from that town in the 
First New Hampshire Heavy Artillery, as a 
private soldier; but before leaving the State 
he received from the governor a commission as 
First Assistant Surgeon of that regiment. On 
arriving at Washington he was placed in 
charge of General Hardin's brigade of the 
Twenty-second Army Corps. He was after- 
ward Post Surgeon at Fort Reno, and again at 
Fort Sumner, Md., and was mustered out of 
the service with the regiment in 1865. He 
soon after received an appointment from Presi- 
ilent Lincoln as one of the surgeons of the 
One Hundred and Fifteenth United States 
Calvary Infantry, stationed at New Orleans, 
and served in that regiment and in the Flighth 
United States Cavalry, Heavy Artillery, at 
Indianola and Victoria, Te.\., until the close 
of the war. 

Being mustered out in Kentucky, and wish- 
ing to sec more of the West, he made a trip 
to Indiana, Missouri, and Kansas, and bought 
a tract of land on the Pacific Railroad in 
Prairie township, Jackson County, Mo. He 
soon after moved to his new purchase, and, 
having laid out the town of Greenwood, built 


the largest house on the town plat, where he 
kept a (Irug store, and practised medicine, 
lieinj:; a pioneer, he was a leader in the orgati- 
ization of the town and the establishment of 
its schools, as well as a leading practitioner 
in Prairie township. 

He was the first station agent, for several 
years Postmaster and a Notary Public, a mem- 
ber of the Medical Association organized in 
Jackson County, also of the Masonic Lodge 
and several temperance and other societies. 
Having been reared in the Congregational 
church, he was an.xious to establish that de- 
nomination in the new town, and, though the 
only Congregationalist there, he succeeded in 
uniting the disciples of various creeds in a 
Congregational church, of which he was made 
the first Deacon, and Chairman of its first 
Jioard of Trustees. He was so far financially 
successful as to own property in 1870, valued 
above debts at ten thousand dollars. 

Speculations, entered into with every jiros- 
pect of success, were rendered abortive by the 
financial crash of 1S72; losses by indorsing 
other people's paper came about by the same 
cause; drouth, grasshoppers, and other pests 
destroyed the crops for several years, business 
being so far destroyed as to make a change of 
location desirable; and in 1876 he made a 
trip through the Indian Territory and Texas, 
where he spent a year lecturing on astronomy 
and physiology, studying in the meantime the 
Indian problem, and looking for a new place 
of business. That year was an eventful one in 
the doctor's life, filled with adventures and 
hair-breadth escapes which would fill a vol- 
ume with truth stranger than fiction. After 
his return he decided not to move South, but 
resumed practice at the old stand. A dentist 
came to the place for a temporary stay, and 
shared his office, during which he "stole the 
trade" (having studied it before studying med- 

icine). He then practised both medicine and 
dentistry until the fall of iSSi, when he made 
a visit to Belknap County, and, finding La- 
conia with only one dentist, he rented an 
ofifice, into which he moved as soon as his 
business could be settled in Missouri. On 
coming to Laconia, he gave up the practice of 
medicine altogether, but had an extensive 
dental practice there for twelve years. He 
was a charter member of Crystal Council, No. 
2, of Chosen Friends, was its first Secretary 
and afterward its Chief Councillor; a member 
of several temperance societies, and active in 
church and temperance work. 

On May 14, 1862, Dr. Price married Manda 
C. Smith, by whom he had five children — 
Minnie, Harvey, Lulu ]■:., Kthelyn Mabel, 
and VVillard A. Minnie Price attended 
Greenwood Academy in Missouri, Gilmanton 
Academy, and the Normal School in Bridge- 
water, Mass., taught school in Gilmanton and 
in Laconia, and is now a teacher in Denver, 
Col. Harvey died in infancy. Lulu 1';. and 
lUhelyn M. attended Gilmanton Acailemy, and 
were afterward graduated at Laconia High 
School, each receiving the highest mark of 
scholarship in her class by being made vale- 
dictorian. They were members of the 
Y. P. S. C. K., and of the Congregational 
church, and taught school in Gilford, Gilman- 
ton, and Alton. Lulu L. commenced the 
study of photography, but died at twenty-one 
years of age. Ethelyn was graduated at Til- 
ton Seminary, receiving during her course the 
largest number of prizes for scholarship in the 
history of the institution. She entered 
Wellesley College in the class of 1897, gradu- 
ating in June of the present year, and has sus- 
tained throughout the course the highest rank 
as a scholar. Will is a member of the class 
of 1899 in the Massachusetts Institute of 
Technology in Boston. 


Ur. Price married for his second wife Miss 
Annette Chesley, the daii(i;hter of Jonathan 
Fiirher and Abigail (Stevens) Chesley. Her 
grandfather, Miles Chesley, one of the early 
settlers in New Durham, married Mary 
Furber, of Farmington, N.H., and, dying, left 
eight children, of whom Jonathan l'"urber was 
the third. Her maternal grandfather, John 
H. .Stevens, spent the most of his life in 
Alton. He was a prominent man, and ac- 
counted the wealthiest farmer in town in his 
time. He married Abigail Emerson, and had 
four children. Abigail, the eldest, attended 
the academics at New Hampton and Wolf- 
boro, and taught school several years before 
her marriage to Mr. Chesley. They lived in 
New Durham, where their only child, An- 
nette, was born, and afterward in Alton, where 
Mr. Chesley was prominent in town affairs, 
serving as Justice of the Peace and Selectman, 
and in other positions of trust, and represent- 
ing Alton in the State legislature in 1861 
and 1862. 

Annette Chesley, after pursuing her studies 
at Gilmanton Academy and at Dover Acad- 
emy, was for many years a successful and pop- 
ular teacher in the public schools of Belknap 
and Strafford Counties. 

Dr. and Mrs. Price are now living in Alton 
at the home of her mother, to care for Mrs. 
Chesley in the fast-growing infirmities of a 
ripe old age. Dr. Price was never a sectarian 
in church, nor a partisan in politics. He has 
been a Republican, a Greenbacker, and a Pro- 
hibitionist; is an earnest advocate of all social 
and political reforms, including international 
arbitration and the "double standard" by in- 
ternational agreement; and is a firm believer 
in trusts and monopolies otuncd by the govern- 
vitiit ; in Cuban independence and the anne.xa- 
tion of Hawaii; and he thinks that the Turks 
ought to be swept from the face of the earth. 

ORACK P. BOODEY, a well-known 
resident of New Durham, and a vet- 
an of the Civil War, was born 
in Alton, N.H., April 14, 1844, son of Soc- 
rates H. and Tanson L. (Ham; Boodey. His 
great-grandfather, Zachariah lioodey, came 
from Madbury, N.H., to this town, among the 
early settlers; and Joseph lioodey, grandfather 
of Horace P., was a lifelong resident of New 

Socrates H. Boodey, who spent the greater 
part of his life in New Durham, was one of 
the stirring farmers of his day. In politics he 
was a Democrat. His last days were passed 
with his son, and he died in 1880, aged sixty- 
four years. Ffis wife, who survi\'es him, is a 
daughter of Nathaniel Ham, late of this town. 
She has had six children, as follows: Rozette 
E., now the wife of Henry Irvin; Horace P., 
the subject of this sketch; Orissa A., now the 
wife of Albert Labounty; Mary E., the wife 
of W. H. Hard; Belle C. and Nat H., of 
Barre, Vt. 

Educated in the common schools, Horace P. 
Boodey was reared to agricultural pursuits. 
On August II, 1S62, he enlisted for service 
in the Civil War as a private in Company I, 
Tenth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteer 
Infantry, and subsequently participated in 
several important battles, including those of 
Fredericksburg, Drury's l^luff, Bermuda Hun- 
dred, and Cold Harbor. At Cold Harbor he 
received a severe wound that confined him to 
the hospital for eleven months. He was ap- 
pointed Corporal of his company, and dis- 
charged as such May 15, 1865. After his re- 
turn from the army he resided mostly in New 
Durham, and was Postmaster of the i)art of it 
called Dexter. He also resided for three 
years in Northwood, N.H., of which he was 
likewise Postmaster. Mr. ]?oodey owns a jiro- 
ductive farm in New Durham, which he car- 


rics on with energy and success. He has been 
Collector of Taxes of the town, and is a 
Justice of the Peace. He spends about six 
months of, the year at the Adventist camp- 
ground at Alton Bay, N.H., of which he has 
been the superintendent for the past ten years, 
having also charge of the store and boarding- 

Mr. Boodey married M. Abbie Huckins, a 
native of Alton, N.H., and a daughter of An- 
drew and Maria J. (Chamberlain) Huckins. 
They have one daughter, Ethel M., who is 
now the wife of Eugene F. Simoncls, of 

cessor of the present Chairman of 
Sanbornton's Board of Selectmen, 
was born m Hill, N.H., April 35, 1846, son 
of I.saac Newton and Deborah J. (Thomas) 
Lane. He is a descendant in the eighth gen- 
eration of William Lane, who as early as 
1651 was residing in l^oston, where he was 
made a freeman in 1657. The family is of 
English origin. William Lane (second), a 
tailor by trade, who was born October i, 1659, 
died February 14, 1749. On June 21, iricSo, 
he married Sarah, daughter of Thomas Web- 
ster, of Hanijiton, N.H. She was born Jan- 
uary 22, 1660, and died January 6, 1745. 
Joshua Lane, son of William (second), was 
born in Hampton, June 6, 1696. He fol- 
lowed the trade of a currier and shoemaker; 
and on December 24, 171 7, lie married Bath- 
sheba Robie, born August 2, 1696, daughter 
of Samuel and Mary Robie. Joshua lived 
upon a small farm in Hamilton, and there 
tilled the soil and worked at his trades. He 
and his wife united with the Congregational 
church March 10, 1 718; and he was subse- 
quently a Deacon of the society for many 
years. He was killed by lightning, June 14, 

1766; and his wife died April 13, 1765. 
John Lane, son of Joshua, born Februar\' 14, 
1726, died March 21, 1811. On 
28, 1749, he married Hannah Dow, who, bmn 
September 20, 1727, died September 10, 1775. 

Samuel Lane, great-grandfather of the sub- 
ject of this sketch, was born December 17, 
1750, and was one of the first settlers in San- 
bornton. He was a tanner, and carried on 
quite an extensive business for his day. It 
was his benevolent custom, when a struggling 
farmer lost a cow or any other useful animal, 
to tan the hide gratuitously, besides giving the 
loser a dollar. He served as Town Clerk for a 
number of years, was a Deacon of the Congre- 
gational church, and he died August 5, 181 i. 
It was said of him at his funeral that he was 
positively without an enemy. On February 
9, 1774, he married Judith Clifford, who died 
December 6, 1825. Jeremiah Lane, grand- 
father of l{dwin W., was born in Sanbornton, 
July 18, 1783. He was a prosjierous farmer 
and a man of much intelligence and sagacity. 
The latter qualities earned for him the title 
of "the Prophet." He was widely and favor- 
ably known throughout this section. On No- 
vember II, 1813, he married for his first wife 
Sarah, daughter of David Morrison; and Isaac 
N. Lane, P'.dwin Webster Lane's father, was 
a child of that union. His second marriage 
was contracted with Sally l-^Usworth. 

Isaac Newton Lane was born in Sanbornton, 
April 6, 1817. He resided at home until of 
age. Then he went to Hill; and, forming a 
partnership with David Shaw, under the firm 
name of Shaw & Lane, he was engaged in gen- 
eral mercantile business for a number of 
years. He next became a drover and butcher, 
dealing quite largely in cattle and sheep, and 
supplying many of the neighboring towns with 
meat. Some time later he became a member 
of the firm of Forbes & Lane, who operated 


a f1(nirin_<;-mill i 
quciilly niiivcd tl 

Mristol, X.][,, an.l .sul,se- 
■ Inisiiicss I,. Ilillshdrough 
l^ridge, N.ll. Isaac Newton Lane finally 
sold his interest in the mill, settled at the 
homestead in Sanhornton, and, after spending 
the rest of his life in agricultural pursuits, 
died March 2S, 1SS7. In early life he was 
identified with the First Haptist Chinch, and 
in politics he actetl with the Republican party. 
His wife, Deborah, who was a daughter of 
Joseph Thomas, of Sanbornton, became the 
mother of f.iur children — Edwin W. , Ellen J., 
ICmma A., and Wesley O. ICllen J. is the 
wife of James L. Mason. Emma A. and Wes- 
ley are accomplished musicians and teachers, 
l^dwin Webster Lane received his educa- 
tion in the common schools and at the New 
Hampshire Conference Seminary. Of a stu- 
dious disposition in his school days, he pre- 
ferred to spend his evenings in study with the 
light of a tallow candle, while his companions 
were merrymaking; but at the jiresent time 
there is probably not a person in this locality 
who enjoys amusement more than he. At the 
age of twenty-one he became a partner in the 
firm of Stackpole & Lane, keepers of a general 
store, and conducted business for si.\ years. 
He then sold his interest, but remained with 
his successors as clerk for about ten years. In 
1S77 he bought his present farm of one hun- 
dred acres, situated in the fertile valley of the 
Pcmigewassett River, and of which he culti- 
vates thirty or forty acres. l<"or several years 
it was his custom each fall to go to Boston, 
where he was emiiloyed as a clerk in a store 
until after the holidays; but for the past eight 
or ten years his time has been entirely ab- 
sorbed by his farm and his official duties. 
While residing in Hill he served as Town 
Clerk, and he had been Postmaster for a few 
years when he resigned. In iS.S'g he was 
elected Chairman of the Board of Selectmen 

of Sanbornton, a position which he held until 
1897. His business ability and attention to 
the administration of the town's affairs fre- 
([uently prevented unnecessary outlay. 

Mr. Lane wedded Nannie J. Ivaton, daughter 
of Horace P. Ivaton, of Franklin, N.H. He 
has now two sons : Roscoe Eaton, born Sep- 
tember 14, 1874; and Forrest Glenn, born 
April 9, 1877. Roscoe, who displayed a ca- ■ 
pacity for the printer's trade when a mere boy 
by using a toy press, subsequently learned that 
trade, and is now engaged in job printing in 
this town. Mr. Lane has gained quite a repu- 
tation as a poet, having written numerous 
pieces for magazines and other periodicals. 
A collection of his writings would make an 
interesting volume of poems. His first effort, 
contributed to the Toledo Blade, was e.Ntcn- 
sively copied by the newsjiapers throughout the 
countr)-. His genial disposition, generous 
traits of character, and the quiet natural flow 
of his conversation make a charming impres- 
sion upon the guest whose jirivilege it is to 
si)entl an evening in his company. 

TEPHEN YOUNG, M.D., a pro- 
gressive and popular physician and 
surgeon of East Rochester, Strafford 
County, was born October 22, 1854, in the 
town of Strafford, son of George Mason. His 
great-grandfather, on the maternal side, Jona- 
than Young, of Farmington, was one of the 
earliest settlers of this county. He is also a 
descendant of the first doctor and minister 
of Rochester, the venerable parson, Amos 
Main, whose statue stands in the public 
square. Stephen Young, his maternal grand- 
father, whose full name he now bears, took a 
])rominent part in public life, re]iresenting 
Strafford in the general court, and serving it 
for several terms as Selectman. The father, 


George Mason, was born in Rochester. After 
arriviiii; at man's estate he worked at his 
trade ol a <lyer in different hicalities, ami died 
while a resident of Lebanon, Me., in iSSS. 
lie was an adherent of the Republican party, 
but never aspired to political office. He mar- 
ried Miss Mary Ann Young, of Strafford, 
their only child being Stephen, the subject of 
this brief sketch. The mother died in 18S4. 

Dr. Young, formerly Stephen Mason, 
ailopted his present surname at the suggestion 
of his maternal grandfather, who thereupon 
undertook the expense of his education. 
After attending the district schools of Straf- 
fonl, the Austin and West Lebanon Acad- 
emies, and the Rochester High School, he 
completed his general education at South I5er- 
wick in 1S75. In the ensuing fall he entered 
Dartmouth College, where he remained twd 
years; antl then he spent two years in the 
Medical School of Dartmouth. ILs medical 
studies were completed at Long Island Hos- 
pital College, from which he graduated in 
iSSi. lie then began the practice of his pro- 
fession in East Rochester, where he has since 
built up a large and constantly increasing l)us- 
iness. His high reputation for skill, more 
especially in surgery, has been fully earned. 
In the course of his practice he has success- 
fully performed some delicate operations that 
have attracted the attention of the medical 
world. Since August, 1896, the doctor has 
had the assistance of Dr. Thomas W. Luce, a 
graduate of Bowdoin College, who was house 
doctor in the Maine General Hospital in 1895 
and 1896. 

Dr. Young was married March i , 1 SS 1 , to 
Fannie V. Stoddard, of Andover, Vt. She 
died at her old home in 1885, leaving one 
child, b:va M. On May 16, 1888, the doctor 
marrietl Miss Lucy R. Karl, of Rockland, 
Me., who died January 2, 1S97. She Iiad two 

children, namely: bldward VV., now seven 
years old; and Karl, born March 2, 1893, who 
died February 20, 1896. Dr. Young attends 
the Baptist church at ICast Rochester. His 
professional duties allow him but little time 
to ilevote to public affairs, hut for a year he 
was a member of the School lioard, and he has 
also served as a member (if the Board of 
Health. He belongs to Kenedy Lodgc>, 
I. O. O. I'"., of Rochester; to Rindge Lodge, 
No. 39, K. of I*., of I':ast Rochester, having 
served in all the offices; and to Senate 
K. A. K. O., of which he is a charter 

b:RBI<;RT C. ADAMS, the well- 
known station agent of Belmeiit, 
Belknap Cunty, N.II., was horn in 
Hill, .\.II., November 12, i8r,r,, son ..f l-jioch 
and Sylvia Abigail (Babcock) Adams. 

The immigrant ancestor of this Ijranch of 
the Adams family in America was Robert 
Adams, born in England, who settled in New- 
bury, Mass. His first wife, Eleanor, who was 
the mother of all his children, died June 12, 
1677. He had a second wife, Sarah C.h.ver, 
who was a widow Short. Robert' Adams died 
October 12, ir,82. His widow died October 
24, 1697. His children were : — 

I. John, who mairied n 
II. Jd.uin.x. lii.m ir,34. who m.irriud L.umkcIiiI 

vho nianied M.i 

IV. Kli/.abeth, who married Kdward I'helps. 
\'. i\Iary, who married Jeremiah (ioodiiLh. 
\'I. Isaac, horn in 164S. 
\'1I. Jacob, horn 23 April i64(;, died 1^1 August i''i40- 
\'III. Flannah, horn 25 June iC<So, married William 
IX. Jacol). horn 13 September ir.^i. married Anna 
Allen, and died in 1717. 

Abraham' Adams, son of Robert', born at 


Salem, Mass., in 1639, died June 14, 1714. 
He and his wife, Mary Tetten-iil, had the fol- 
Inwint; children : — 

1. Mary, liorn 16 January idyz. inarrit-d George 
II. Rol)crt. lior.i \2 .M.iy 1674. married Rebecca 

III. Al)raham. Ixirn in May 1676, married Anne 


IV. Isaac, horn 26 February 1679. died S April i 763. 
V. Sarah, born 15 April 16S1. married John Hutch- 

\-l. John, born 7 March lfi.S4, married Elizabeth 
Noves and Sarah I'earson. 
\'1I. .Matthew, born 25 July ifiSf), married Sarah 
VIII. born 25 December lO.SS. married Rebecca 
IX. Dorothy, born 25 October ir.91, 
X. Richard, born 22 November 1C193, married 
Susanna I'ike. 

Richard' Adams, youngest child of Abra- 
hanr, married 12 December 1717, Susanna 
Tike. He died 2 November 1778. Their 
children were : — 

.Mary C, born K Octobi 

married Ni 

11. John, born 9 September 1720, died 20 March 

III. Hannah, born 16 November 1722, married 

Daniel Chute. 

I\'. Enoch, born 24 September 1724, married Sarah 

Jackman, and died 27 July 1749. 

V. Richard, born 2 November 1726, married Sarah 

Noyes, and died 6 November i 7S.S. 

\'l. Susanna, born 5 August 1729. died 19 June 

VI 1. Daniel, born 4 September 1734, married Ednah 
Noyes, and died 1 December 1759. 
\'lll. .Moses. l)orn 17 January 1737, married Ruth 
Palmer, and died 16 September 1817. 
l.\. I'.dmund, born 24 October 1740. married Hannah 
Thurston, and died iS January 1S25. 

Richard* Adams, son of Richard' and Su- 
sanna (Pike; Adams, died 6 November 178S. 

He and his wife, Sarah Noyes, were the 
great-grandparents of the subject of this 
sketch. Their son, Enoch' Adams, born at 
Newbury, Mass., 29 November 1755, married 
Elizabeth Russell, who was born 27 Jtuie 
1759. He was a soldier in the company of 
Captain Gerrish in the war of the Revolution. 
After marriage he settled with many other 
families from Newbury, Mass., at Salisbury, 
N. H., where his wife died in August, 1802, 
and he 27 F"ebruary 1842. Their children 
were : — 

1. Russell, born 20 Janu.ary 1782. died 21 October 
I 7S8. 
11. Richard, born 21 August 17S3, died 17 Novem- 
ber I 7.SS. 
111. Eli. born 29 September 1784. married Abigail 

True, and died 17 July 1S32. 
I\', Judith, born 2 January 1787, married Enoch 
\-. Russell, born 12 .M.ay 1788, married Susan 
Fitield, died 19 November 1S59. 
\'l. Richard, born 29 July 1790. married Sarah 
\'I1. Eliza, born 3 May 1792. 
\'lll. rhebe, born 2 July 1795. 

I.K. Dorcas, born 19 July 1797. married D. S. Wood- 
ward, and died 10 March 1877. 

RusselT' Adams, son of Enoch' and Eliza- 
beth (Russell) Adams, and the paternal grand- 
father of the subject of this sketch, was born 
12 May 1788, in Newbury, Mass., but re 
moved to Hill, N.H., in early life, and be- 
came an extensive land-owner and produce anil 
stock-raiser. He married Susanna Eifield, who 
was a daughter of Obadiah FifieUl, of Salis- 
bury, N.H., and one of a family of seven chil- 
dren; namely, Obadiah, Jonathan, Benjamin, 
Sally, Polly, Elizabeth, and Susanna. Mr. 
and Mrs. Russell Adams were attendants of 
the Christian Baptist Church. They had nine 
children, namely; Gilson; Harrison; Daniel; 
James; Enoch; Obadiah; Emeline, who died 



in infancy; Emcline, sccund ; and an unnamed 
infant. Gilson Adams was three times mar- 
ried, and died leaving children by the first and 
second wives. Harrison married Margaret 
Rlurse, uf Haverhill, Mass. ; and they had two 
children — Charles and George. Daniel died 
single in 1870. James married Emily Young, 
and had four children — Elllen, Susan, War- 
ren, and Martha. Obadiah, who died March 
14, 1.S94, married in Jamaica Plain, Mass., 
and had one child — Charles V. l^meline 
(second) died at the age of fourteen years. 

Enoch' Adams, son of Russell and Susanna 
F. Adams, and the father of Herbert C. , 
married September 25, 1856, a daughter of 
Ebenezer and Sylvia (Jennings) ]?abcock. By 
this alliance there were six children; namely, 
Willie, P'rancis Plugene, Ardella, Nellie May, 
Herbert C, and Margaret PLmeline. Willie 
died March 11, 1857; P>ancis l\., September 
2, 1 861; and Margaret E. , May 28, 1870. 
Nellie May lives with her brother, Herbert 
C. ; and Ardella is the wife of John R. Dear- 
born, of Belmont. 

Herbert C. Adams, after improving his 
boyhood's opportunities for acquiring a com- 
mon-school education, went to work in the 
]?elmont Cotton Mills, where he was employed 
for ten years. Pie subsequently went to La- 
con ia, and for one year was engaged as a clerk 
in O'Shea Brothers' store. Mr. Adams has 
since been engaged in efficiently discharging 
the duties of station agent for the Boston & 
Maine Railroad at Belmont. In 1891 he also 
became Town Clerk, which position he has 
filled acceptably for si.\ years, being now in 
that office. 

On June 14, 1S93, he married P'lossie A. 
Moulton. Her father, Edmund S. Moulton, 
was formerly a resident of Whitefield, N.II., 
but removed to Belmont, where he is now serv- 
inir on the School Board. Mr. Adams is a 

member of the United (.)rder of the Cidden 
Cross, officiating as iMiiancial Secretary. Ik- 
is connected with the Christian Bajitist 
Church, in which he has served for the i)ast 
six years as superintendent of the Sunday- 
school. Personally, he is a deservedly popu- 
lar young man. 

ENRY E. BRAWN, who for nearly 
forty years has been engaged in the 
hardware business at Lakeport, Bel- 
knap County, N.H., was born in Moulton- 
boro, Carroll County, this State, November 
20, 1828, son of William and Elizabeth 
(Kame) Brawn. His great-grandfather and 
grandmother Brawn removed from Berwick, 
Me., to Moultonboro, when their son Joim 
was six years of age. John Brawn was an in- 
dustrious farmer. He left a large family of 
enterprising children. 

His son William, the father of Henry Iv, 
was also a native of Moultonboro, where he 
bought land, which he improved into a farm. 
He was much interested in educational mat- 
ters, and served on the School Committee. 
His wife was a daughter of Samuel Kame, of 
Moultonboro. They rearetl ten children, of 
whom Henry I{. is the youngest. Mr. Will- 
iam Brawn tlieil at the age of sixty-nine years. 

Henry K. Brawn attended school in Moul- 
tonboro, Sandwich, Centre Harbor, and Gil- 
ford, N.H. He found early in life that there 
is no royal road to learning; but, ambitious 
and brave, he was willing to climb steeiJ and 
rugged pathways. After a short term of 
school in his own district, he travelled three 
miles to and from school, through snowstorms 
and drifts, to attend school in an adjoining 
district; and while a student at the academy 
he paid for his board at a farmhouse, about a 
mile away, by working on the farm nights and 
mornings. Later he worked on his father's 

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farm for about three years, teaching school 
winters, subsecjuently going to Massachusetts, 
where he ilrove a pedler's wagon for three 
years. After driving a team two years more 
on his own account, he, witli a inirtner, estab- 
lisiieil a harilware store in I.ynn, Mass., under 
the style of Brawn & Morrill, which they suc- 
cessfully managed for three years. In iH^S 
he came to Lakcport, where he continued the 
same enterprise with excellent financial re- 
sults. In 1884 Mr. Brawn built a fine block, 
which is his present jslace of Inisiness. For 
a time he engageil in furnishing pedlers' sup- 
plies. He now manufactures general hard- 
ware. In the spring of 1894, in anticipation 
of his retirement from the arena of business 
activity, he purchased a farm. By his first 
wife, whose maiden name was Morrill, and 
who was a native of Gilford, Mr. Brawn had 
three children — a daughter, who is not liv- 
ing, and two sons, William H. and Edwin M., 
who will succeed their father in business. 
For his second wife Mr. Brawn married Miss 
Hyde, of Lynn, Mass. Fraternally, he is 
identified with Granite State Lodge, No. i, 
I. 0. G. T., of Lakeport, which he joined a 


years ago; 

anil with Chocorua 

Lodge, No. 51,1. O. O. F. In religion he 
affiliates with the Unitarians, and in politics 
with the Prohibition party. 

bTREEMAN G. SMITH, a prosperous 
jl, farmer of Gilford, ]5elknap County, 
N.IL, was born in Sandwich, Carroll 
County, June 3, 1S58, and is a son of George 
W. and Miiry (Clifford) Smith. His great- 
grandfather, Daniel Smith, came to New 
Hampshire from Massachusetts, and located in 
the west part of the town of Sandwich, where 
he took U]) two hundred and forty acres of 
wholly wild land, and with untiring patience 

cleared it, and made of it a iirofitable larni. 
He married, and hatl a family of eleven chil- 
dren, some of whom died young. He liveil to 
a good old age. 

One of his sons, Samuel by name, remained 
on the homestead, and kept up the original 
farm, adding to it somewhat. He married 
Mercy Burleigh; and they both lived to be 
quite aged, he being eighty-two and she 
ninety at the time of decease. Their children 
were four in number — Hannah B., George 
W., l^enjamin J., and Daniel B. Benjamin is 
a blacksmith and wheelwright in Sandwich. 
He is married and has one child. Daniel B. 
is a prominent farmer of Centre Harbor, is 
married, and has two children. He has been 
Selectman of his town, and has held various 
other minor offices. 

George \V. Smith, after living for a while 
on the old Sandwich homestead, removed to 
Laconia, of which Gilford was originally a 
l)art, and now has a small farm of his own. 
He has been a prominent man of affairs, and 
was for years a leading member of the Meth- 
odist church, being Trustee of the same. He 
married ^Kary A., daughter of William Clif- 
ford, of Weirs, N.H., and she became the 
mother of four children: I'rederick N., who 
ilied at the age of fourteen; Freeman G., the 
subject of the present article; Samuel B. ; and 
Carrie G. Mr. and Mrs. George W. Smith 
are both living. Their son Samuel B is an 
active, enterprising farmer of North Sandwich. 
He is married, and has two children. 

Freeman G. Smith was born on the home- 
stead in Sandwich, and after an ordinary 
schooling went to Brentwood, and worked on 
a farm. When he was twenty-three years of 
age he came to Gilford, and, buying the place 
known as the Cotton farm, lived there for 
thirteen years. In 1894 he purchased the 

C. Janu 

rty on Cotton Hill, where 


lie is at present. He carries on a first-class 
farm, and fur the past five years he has also 
taken summer boarders. 

Mr. Smith has always been actively inter- 
ested in town matters, and is an enthusiastic 
am.] [jrominent Reindjlican. He was a tlele- 
gate to the last three Republican State Con- 
ventions, and was a member of the Manchester 
Convention, which sent delegates in 1896 to 
the National Republican Convention at St. 
Louis. He is identified with several fraternal 
organizations. He joined the Red Mountain 
Lodge of Masons in Santlwich, and was trans- 
ferred to Mount Lebanon Lodge of Laconia. 
He is a member of Granite Lodge, No. 3, 
Ancient Order of L^nited Workmen; also of 
W'innesquam Colony, No. 14, U. O. P. F., 
of Laconia; and of Mount I^elknap Grange, 
Patrons of Husbandry, of Gilford. Both he 
anil his wife belong to the People's Christian 
Church Society, and the latter is a member 
of the People's Christian Church. It should 
be noted as greatly to Mr. Smith's credit 
that he is a strong ailvocate of temperance 
and an ardent worker for no license. 

Mr. -Smith was niarrieil December 21, iSSi, 
to luiima L. Lewis, daughter of Charles 
Henry Lewis, of Townsend, Mass., and grand- 
daughter of John Lewis, of that town. Charles 
H. Lewis married Mary Gleason. They 
hati si.\ children — Martha, Fausie, Harriet, 
Emma, Jennie, and Maud. Mr. and Mrs. 
Smith have no children. 

§OHN P. HUSSEY, a lumber manufact- 
urer of Gilmanton, who is also an in- 
ventor and a veteran of the Civil War, 
was born in this town, March 13, 1831, son of 
Reuben and Alice (Perkins) Hussey. His 
grandfather, Thomas Hussey, who was one of 
the early settlers in Barrington, N.H., and a 

jarosperous farmer, owned a tract of land con- 
taining upward of two hundred acres. Thomas 
was the father of six children, one of whom 
died in infancy. The others were: Thomas 
(second), Joseph. Reuben, Martha, aiul 
another who became Mrs. Lake. Thomas 
(second) attended the Gilmanton Academy, 
and became a schoolmaster. He taught school 
in the winter season for several years, and, 
having settled upon a farm in Barrington, he 
tilled the soil in the summer. Finally, 
he aband(Mied teaching, and devoted his 
whole attention to agriculture. At the age of 
eighty years he was capable of doing an ordi- 
nary man's work, and when ninety years (dd 
he reaped a bushel of rye in a day. His last 
days were spent in this town. He was the 
father of two sons and two daughters, and his 
second son, also named Thomas, is a [irofes- 
sional educator. Martha, the fourth child of 
the first Thomas, became Mrs. Waterhouse. 
Her husband was prominent in the old Whig 
party, by which he was elected a member of 
the legislature; and he also servetl in various 
town offices in PSarrington. Juseiih Hussey, 
who was a lifelong and respecteil resident of 
Barrington, and belonged to the Congrega- 
tional church, left one child. 

Reuben Hussey, the father of John P., set- 
tled in Gilmanton. He married Alice Per- 
kins, daughter of Paul Perkins, an extensive 
farmer of Strafford, N.H. Paul Perkins was 
one of the leading residents of Strafford, 
which he served as .Selectman and legislative 
Representative. Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Hus- 
sey were the parents of four children; namely, 
Sarah, Lydia, Richard, and Joim P. Sarah 
is now the widow of Walter B. Drake; Lydia, 
who has not married, resides in Northwood, 
N.H.; and Richartl was accidentally shot 
while yoLuig. 

John P. Hussey acquired a good practical 


education. When a young man he began to 
learn the painter's trade. As the occupation 
proved to be injurious to his health, he took 
up shoeniaking and farming. A natural apti- 
tude tor mechanical pursuits, as remarkably 
manifested at the age of nine years, when he 
made a pair of ox wheels, soon diverted his 
attention to another occupation. In 1855 he 
began to manufacture ploughs upon a small 
scale, with tools belonging to his father. At 
first he was associated with a partner, who was 
accidentally drowned in 1856. A year later 
he was obliged to hire two assistants. Invent- 
ing and manufacturing ploughs have since 
been his occupation. In 1862 he enlisted as 
a private in the Fifteenth Regiment, New 
Hampshire Volunteers, for nine months" ser- 
\'ice in the Civil War. Having completeil his 
term, he returned home, and next day began 
work upon the series of ten different patterns 
of ploughs of which he is the inventor. In 
1878 these inventions culminated in what is 
known as the Star Swivel Plough, which for 
several years has been in general use, and 
held the lead throughout the New England 
States. This jjlough, which has a reversible 
blade that saves much labor in handling, has 
taken si.xty-three field premiums at different 
agricultural fairs. In the notable contest, 
held at the last New Hampshire State F"air 
in Dover, Mr. Hussey won the first prize by 
ploughing one -eighth of an acre of ground 
without placing his hand on the implement. 
He manufactures about three hundred Star 
Swivel ploughs per annum, and in the past 
eleven years his sales to one dealer in Port- 
land, Me., have amounted to eighteen thou- 
sand dollars. Mr. Hussey is also the in- 
ventor of the King of Valley Water Wheel. 
This wheel, which presents the appearance of 
one solid piece, makes two hundred revolu- 
tions per minute, and maintains a uniform 

pressure at every point. He is also likewise 
interested in mill business, and is associated 
with Elmer J. Lord in the manufacture of 

Mr. Hussey married Ulive A. Foss, 
daughter of John Foss, who is a prosperous 
farmer of Gilmanton, and a ship-carpenter by 
trade. Her maternal granilfather, Isaac 
Clough, was one of the pioneer settlers of 
Gilmanton. John Foss was the father of five 
children, of whom Alvah and Mrs. Hussey are 
the only survivors. Mr. and Mrs. Hussey 
were born in the same year, were classmates 
in the same school, and attended the same 
church and Sunday-school. An attachment 
formed in childhood ripened into a stronger 
tie, and the result was a happy marriage. 
They have since known atlliction, as the two 
children born to them have been taken away. 
Alice Mabel died at the age of two years, and 
their son Herbert at the age of twenty-six.. 

ENRY S. DAVIS, of Farmington, a 
shoe cutter by trade, was born May 
, 1849, in the neighboring town 
of Durham, son of Thomas N. and Elizabeth 
C. (Seaward) Davis. He is of English de- 
scent, and a grandson of Noah Davis, who was 
a soldier of the War of 1812, and a lifelong 
resident of Lee, N.H. 

Thomas N. Davis, born in 1813, in the 
town of Lee, jiassed the larger portion of his 
life in Strafford County, having been engaged 
in farming in Lee, Durham, and New Durham. 
In his later years he resided at New Durham, 
where he died in 1890, at the age of seventy- 
seven. On August 20, 1862, he enlisted in 
Company A, Twelfth Regiment of New 
Ham[)shire Volunteer Infantry, for three years' 
service in the Civil War; receiving his dis- 
charge June 22, 1865. He participated in the 


battles of I'"rcderickslniry and Chanccllorsville. 
Ill the latter engagement he received a gunshot 
wound in the head, fracturing his skull, and 
an<ithcr ol a less serious character in the 
shoulder. He marrieil I':iizabeth C. Seaward, 
who bore him five chiUlren, four of whom are 
living. These are: Melissa, the widow of 
George 11. Hovey, of Woburn, Mass. ; George 
F., of Ellensburg, Wash.; Henry S. ; and 
Alonzo I., of Farmington. George ¥. served 
as Corporal in the war in the same company 
as his father, and participated in nearly all 
the battles in which the regiment was 
engaged, taking active part as sharpshooter 
during the siege of Petersburg, Va. He was 
mustered out with the regiment in June, 1865. 

Henry S. Davis received his education in 
the public schools of New Durham and Farm- 
ington, which he attended until the age of 
seventeen. He then learned the shoe cutter's 
trade, and worked at it for several years, locat- 
ing in Farmington in 1873. A man of sterl- 
ing character, energetic and determined, he 
has met with signal success. He is a stanch 
Republican in politics, antl for four years he 
has been Town Clerk. 

On July 2, 1877, Mr. Davis married Miss 
Nellie M. Lucas, daughter of Daniel and 
Sarah Lucas, of New Durham. He is a mem- 
ber of Woodbine Lodge, No. 41, I. O. O. F., 
of which he has been Secretary for the past 
twelve years; of Mad River Encampment, 
I. (3. (_). ¥.: of Minnehaha Rebecca Lodge, 
No. 11; and of Harmony Lodge, No. 11, K. 
of P. In each of these lodges Mr. Davis is an 
active worker and a past officer, much of their 
prosperity being due to his efforts while serv- 
ing them in an official capacity. He is also a 
member of the Grand Lodge, K. of P. ; of 
the Grand Encampment and Grand Lodge, 
I. O. O. F., of New Hampshire; and for the 
past seven years he has served un the Grand 

Lodge, I. U. O. F., Committee on By-laws of 

TANNICR, a wide-awake 

most enterpiising and thrifty 
tarmers, was born July 8, 1840, in Sandwich, 
Carroll County, son of Joshua W. Tanner. 
He is a lineal descendant of John Tanner, 
who, having come from England some time 
prior to the Revolution, served in that glori- 
ous struggle as master's mate on three differ- 
ent war vessels, and was at one time captured 
by the British and inii)risoned at Halifax, 
N.S. After the independence of the ccdonies 
had been established, John located in Roches- 
ter, this county, where his son, John, Jr., the 
grandfather of Henry H., was born and reared. 
Joshua W. Tanner, who was born here July 
10, 1809, grew to manhood in this town. 
After his marriage in June, 1838, he removed 
to Sandwich, where he carried on general 
farming, lumbering, and dairying for many 
years, and died in December, 1875. His 
wife, in maidenhood Miss Sally Ham, was born 
in Farmington, February 17, 18 14, daughter 
(jf Thomas Ham. They had a family of six 
children, of whom Sarah Iv, who resides in 
l'"armington, is the only other survivor. 

Henry II. Tanner received his early educa- 
tion in Sandwich, comjjleting the course of 
study in the common and high schools. (Jn 
leaving the latter in August, 1862, he enlisted 
under Captain O. H. Marston in Company K, 
Fourteenth New Hampshire Volunteer Infan- 
try, and .served in the Civil War for three 
years. On returning home, having been ilis- 
abled in the army, he resumed his studies, 
entering Eastman's Commercial College at 
Poughkeepsic, N. Y. , from which he was grad- 
uated in 18G7. He spent the ensuing year on 
the parental homestead assisting in its man- 


;i_i;emciit. In 1.S69 he went to Bloom ington, 
111., whcic he aceejited a position as general 
lijvelliii" a"ent tor Dr. C. Wal-:efiekl & Co., 
his territory incliKling the entire State of 
Iowa. In i^7^ he again returned to Sand- 
wieh, hut did not make a long stay, as in 1875 
he travelled through the West as salesman for 
Woodburn, Seebery & Co., of Peoria, 111. 
He subsequently was clerk for six months in 
the St. Nicholas Hotel at Hloomington, 111. 
After that he went to Chicago, where he se- 
cured a situation with the firm of Job C. West 
& Co., for whom he travelled as commercial 
salesman and advertising agent for ten years, 
visiting the principal cities and towns of the 
West and South. In 1885 he came to Straf- 
ford County, locating in Rochester at first, 
but afterward going to Milton, where he lived 
for a year with Elder Goodwin. He pur- 
chased the farm where he now resides in 1S89, 
and he has since successfully devoted his time 
to its improvement. 

On May 24, 1876, Mr. Tanner married Miss 
Mimiie R. McDonald, of Keyser City, W. Va., 
who died in Chicago, January 5, 1885, leaving 
two sons: Ralph C, of Farmington; and Lin- 
coln C, of Milton. In politics Mr. Tanner 
is an earnest supjiorter of the Democratic 
party. In the fall of 1896 he was a delegate 
to the State Convention at Concord. He aids 
all projects calculated to advance the moral 
and educational interests of the town. He 
ably served the town for three years as Chair- 
man of the School Board. Prominent among 
the Patrons of Husbandry, he belongs to the 
New Hampshire Grange, in which he was for 
some time Outside Gate-keeper. He was 
maile a Free Mason in Temple Lodge, of Peo- 
ria, 111. ; and he is a member of General Smith 
Post, C. A. R., of Poughkeepsie, N. Y. He at- 
tends the Baptist church, and takes great inter- 
est in the religious work of that denomination. 

HUSl-:, a well-kn.)wn and highly 
_^ esteemed resident of Parnstead, 
Pelknap County, N.H., was born in l-'rances- 
town, N.H., Sei)tember 23, 18 16, daughter of 
William and Jane (Dickey) Scobey, and be- 
longs to a family th^t is of considerable note 
in New Hampshire. Her great-grandfather 
Scobey came to America as one of a company 
of Scotch-Irish emigrants, presumably from 
the North of Ireland, and settled in London- 
derry, N.H. He brought over with him a 
considerable sum of money. Subsequently 
removing to Boston, Mass., he there engaged 
in trade and also made other investments. 

His son, David Scobey, grandfather of Mrs. 
Huse, was born in Boston, from which city 
he afterward removed to Francestown, N. H., 
becoming one of the first settlers. He pur- 
chased a large tract of land, built saw and 
grist mills, and carried on a large business. 
Active, enterprising, and of sound judgment 
in business transactions, he soon established 
himself on a firm financial basis and attained 
a high degree of success, becoming one of the 
leading men in that part of the State. Ik- 
was a liberal contributor to various public and 
private charities. In religion he was a Pres- 
byterian. He married a Miss McGregor, of 
Derry, N.H., like himself of Scotch-Irish de- 
scent, and they reared a large family of chil- 
dren, William, the father of Mrs. Huse, being 
the youngest son. 

William Scobey was born on his father's 
extensive estate in PTancestown, N.H. He 
received a good education, and was favored by 
nature in the possession of a fine physique and 
most attractive personality, to which were 
added a large and generous heart and genial 
manners. He was one of the most popular 
young men of his locality and was nniversally 
admired. In the local militia, he held the 


rank of Major for a luimbor of j'cars. He was 
one of the largest landholders in the State of 
New Hampshire, his father, while still living, 
having put him into possession of the immense 
homestead farm, only reserving the mainte- 
nance (if himself and wife during life. A 
turn in the tide of his financial prnsiierity at 
length compelled William Scobey to sell his 
extensive farm, and he removed to Milford, 
N.II., where he died when upward of sixty 
years of age. He married Jane Dickey, the 
daughter of a soldier of the Revolutionary 
War, and they had a family of four children; 
namely, David, Mary, Elizabeth, and Addison. 

David Scobey was a graduate of Dartmouth 
College and of Andover Theological Seminary. 
He had intended to become a preacher of the 
gospel, but, being prevented by an affection 
of the throat, he accepted the position of 
teacher of languages in the Lowell, Mass., 
High School, which he filled acceptably until 
his decease, which took place in Lowell in 
1S50, when he was thirty-three years of age. 
He was a profound student of history and a 
ripe scholar in all deiiartments of knowledge, 
and his death was the result of brain fever, 
brought on by mental over-work. 

Mary Scobey, who also was a teacher in the 
Lowell schools, died in that city about three 
years before her brother, in the year 1S47. 
Addison Scobey, who was a carpenter and 
builder by trade, upon the breaking out of the 
Civil War in 1861 enlisted in a New Hanij)- 
shire Regiment. His death, which took 
place after the war, was the result of hardshijis 
endured in military service. He resided in 
the vicinity of Sutton, N.II. 

Mrs. Jane Dickey Scobey, mother of Mrs. 
Elizabeth S. Huse, finding at her husband's 
decease that she and her family were entirely 
dependent upon their own efforts for supjjort, 
offered her.self, in company with her son 

David and daughter Mary, for the examina- 
tions held in Milford, N. H., to test the <piali- 
fications of applicants to teach in the pulilie 
schools of that town. Mother and childien 
passed successfully, and at one period all 
three were engaged in teaching in the Milford 
schools. Mrs. Scobey became a noted teacher 
in that part of the country. She was a woman 
of brilliant intellectual endowments, vivacious 
and lively, always interested in current topics, 
and possessed remarkable energy and force of 
character. She lived to be eighty-six years of 
age, and preserved her mental superiority and 
her pecidiarly erect carriage of body as long as 
she lived. In her the spiritual seemed to 
dominate the material even to the end. After 
her husband's decease, and consequent ui)on 
the offer made her son David of the position 
in the Lowell (Mass.) High School, Mrs. 
Scobey removed with her family to that city. 

Her daughter Elizabeth became one of the 
pupils of the Lowell High School soon after 
its establishment, and while Thomas M. 
Clark, afterward of the Diocese of 
Rhode Island in the Protestant Ejjiscopal 
Church, was its iirincipal. She was a class- 
mate of the afterward famous General Henja- 
min F. Butler. After her graduation she 
remained for some time at home. When about 
twenty-one years old, she was married to 
Thomas M. Muse, a native of Strafford, Vt. , 
but at that time a resident of Lowell, Mass. 
They had five children — Henry, Jennie, 
David, Mary A., and George. 

Thomas M. Huse, who was by trade a ma- 
chinist, in course of time became the second 
overseer in the Lowell Machine .Shop. He 
subsequently removed to Manchester, N. H., 
and for some eighteen years was the sujierin- 
tendent of the carding section of an incoriio- 
rated stock mill in that city. He then re- 
moved with his family to Barnstead, N.H. 


Together with his sun, who was CaiJtain, in 
itS6i he enlisted in the Eighth New Hamp- 
shire Volunteer Infantry; but, cnving to sick- 
ness, he was obliged to return home, and was 
engaged in recruiting men for the Fifteenth 
New Hampshire Regiment, being made First 
Lieutenant of Company G. So popular was 
lie among the men, that they were most urgent 
that he should return to the seat of war with 
them. He accordingly accedetl to their 



During the war, Lieutenant Thomas M. 
Huse was at one time in charge of the Sani- 
tary Commission at City Point, Va. He 
came home in 1S64 with his health so seri- 
ously impaired that he found himself unable 
to resume his former occupation; but shortly 
afterward, receiving the aiipnintment of Post- 
master of Barnstead, he held that ofifice for 
twenty years, until his death in 1881 at the 
age of sixty-seven years, being noted as a 
faithful and courteous official. The Grand 
Army Post of I^arnstead bears his name. Po- 
litically, he was a stanch Republican. The 
possessor of a fine voice and excellent ear for 
music, he was the leader of the choir of the 
Congregational church for many years. He 
took a deep interest in all matters relative to 
the public welfare, and endeavored faithfully 
to i^erform his duty as a citizen and neighbor. 
In the latter part of his life it was his fre- 
quent practice to visit and care for the sick 
and suffering members of the community; and 
he lie voted entire days to these beneficent 
jjurposes, for which his name will long be 
held in affectionate remembrance. He and 
his wife exercised great care in the education 
of their children, a short account of whom fol- 

ileiiry Huse, the eldest son, after being 
graduated from the Lowell High School, en- 
gaged in the study of law in Pittsfield, N.H. 

When the war broke out, he recruited a num- 
ber of men, and enlisted December 20, 1S61, 
being appointed Cajjlain of Company G, Eigiith 
Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteer In- 
fantry. He was the youngest captain among 
the New Hampshire troops in the ser\-ice. 
After two years in the most malarial district 
of Louisiana, he was obliged to resign his 
commission, and received an honorable dis- 
charge from the service. The jireceding July, 
he had been promoted to the rank of a Major 
for his "gallant and meritorious conduct" 
during the protracted siege of Port Hudson. 
LTpon his return home, he resumed his legal 
studies, was admitted to the bar, anil began 
the [jractice of law in com[)any with the Hon. 
Lewis W. Clark. Subsequently, retiring 
from this connection, he associated himself 
with the Hon. J. F. Briggs in the exercise of 
his chosen profession. 

Inheriting from his father a high degree of 
musical taste and a fine rich voice, he was 
leader at different times of the clioirs of the va- 
rious churches of Manchester, N.H. In i.S,S2 
Henry Huse received the degree of Master of 
Arts from Dartmouth College. He was a])- 
pointed Insurance Commissioner for the State 
of New Hampshire, and held it up to the time 
of his death, which occurred in his fifty-second 
year. He was chosen Chairman of the State 
Republican Committee for several years. He 
represented the city of Manchester in the 
legislature for several terms, and in 1879 was 
elected Speaker of the House of Representa- 
tives, and was regarded as one of the clearest 
and most forcible speakers that ever addressed 
that body. His wife, whose name before mar- 
riage was Irene Poole, became the niiither of 
four children. 

Jennie Huse, the elder daughter of Thomas 
M. and h:iizabeth S. Huse, was educated in 
the public schools of Lowell, Mass., and of 


Manchester, N. H. When only fifteen years 
(if age, she laegan teacliing in ]?arnsteacl, N. H. 
She is at the present time residing at home 
with her mother. 

David Huse, the second son, nn the break- 
ing out of the Civil War, enlisted at the early 
age of seventeen years. His short life was 
given to his beloved country. He served with 
the Union forces at the battle of Ball's Bluff 
and in the whole campaign along the Potomac 
l^iver. At length he was taken sick with ty- 
phoid fever, from long residence in that ma- 
larial district; and while in the hospital, upon 
one occasion, when President Lincoln was 
making one of his visits to the sick soldiers, 
he was introduced as the "sickest soldier that 
was ever carried into a hospital and lived." 
At the advice of the President, he accepted his 
discharge and returned home. His health im- 
]iroving, he re-enlisted, against his mother's 
desire, in the regiment of his father, the I'"if- 
teenth New Hampshire Volunteers. He was 
ordered to New Orleans, and remained there 
nine months. He was present all through the 
long siege of Port Hudson, and at the storm- 
ing was one of the first to scale the walls. 
He died in the hospital at Mound City, 111. 

Mary, the younger daughter, began teach- 
ing school at the early age of fourteen, and 
pursued that occupation for many years, and in 
various parts of the United States — New 
York, Michigan, Wisconsin, and in other lo- 
calities. After she had taught for a few 
years, feeling the need of a more thorough 
education, she resumed her studies, and was 
subsequently graduated at the New Hampton, 
N.H., Institute. She then went to the State 
of Wisconsin and resumed teaching. After 
having been thus occupied for twenty years, 
she married Elder Harmon, the pastor settled 
over the Free Baptist church of Meredith, 
N.H., continuing to teach all through the 

period of liis ministry. Upon her husband's 
death, having no children, she decided to de- 
vote her life to foreign missionary work. She 
was first sent out to the British East Indies, 
where she soon acquired such a thorough 
knowledge of the Hindoostanee tongue that 
she was enabled to translate the Four Gospels 
into that language. She was afterward trans- 
ferred to the mission station at the Barbadoes, 
and from thence to Georgetown in British 
Guiana, where she is at present, busily pur- 
suing the study of the nati\'e tongue and al- 
ready imparting it to others. Her entire term 
of service in the cause of education extends 
over a period of thirty-two years. 

George Huse, the third son and youngest of 
the five children, was appointed Postmaster of 
Barnstead immediately after his father's de- 
cease, but subsequently engaged in trade in the 
same t<iwn. Later on he went into the hotel 
business in Ossipee, N.H., where he at pres- 
ent owns and runs a very large hotel, the only 
one in the place. 

JN]-:Z H. I'ORD, M.l)., who occupies 
an assured position among the skilled 
and successful |)hysicians of Strafford 
County, is pleasantly located in Dover, where 
she has a large and rapidly increasing practice. 
A typical New England woman, fully en- 
dowed with the mental ability and force of 
character that mark the true son or daughter 
of this corner of the United States, she early 
resolved to devote her future to the science of 
medicine, a profession into which at that time, 
though but a few years ago, comparatively few 
of her sex had ventured. She was born July 
24, 1S64, in the town of Orford, N.H., a 
daughter of lulwaril and Harriet Gould ]<V)rd. 
She was there reared to young womanhood, 
and in the common schools of the hillside town 


laid a substantial fouiulation for her future 
knowledge. She suhsctjucntly prepared for 
(■(dlege in the academy at Bradford, Vt. , and 
in Mount Ilolyoke College at South Hadley, 
Mass. After spending three years in close 
apjilicat ion to her books in the latter institu- 
tion, Miss ]"ord entered the Woman's Medi- 
cal College at Philadelphia, I'a. , from which 
she was graduated in 1890. The ensuing 
year Dr. Ford served as Interne in the Phila- 
delphia Hospital for Women, and was after- 
ward employed for a few months as a substitute 
in the hospital for the insane at Harrisburg, 
her practice in these institutions being of 
great value to her in many respects. In Janu- 
ary, 1S92, the doctor returned to her native 
State, and coming to this county located in 
Dover, where she has built up an extensive 
practice among the leading people of this city, 
her professional skill, knowledge, and courtesy 
winning for her the confidence and good will 
of all with whom she is brought in contact, 
be it in a business or social way. In attain- 
ing her present position in the medical frater- 
nity. Dr. Ford has labored faithfully and con- 
scientiously, and is eminently worth)' of the 
success which has greeted her efforts. 

lARLlvS J. PIKF, the efficient 
foicman of the Crane Manufacturing 
Comiian)- in Lakeport, Ikdknaii 
County, .\.II., was born in P'ranklin, this 
.State, January i.S, 1S42, son of Samuel and 
Hannah (Wells) Pike. 

His grandfather, James Pike, was born De- 
cember 13, 1752, and became one of the early 
settlers in Franklin, X.H., where he owned a 
farm of two hundred acres, which he success- 
fully managed. During the Revolutionary 
War, he \'oluntaril)' laitl down his hoe for a 
musket in behalf of his country. He married 

Alice George, and had twelve children; 
namely, Hannah, Rebecca, Alice, Simeon, 
James, Sally, Ste])hen, Hugh, Samuel, I.ydia, 
Polly, and Rufus. Mrs. Alice G. Pike was 
born January iS, 1756, and died October 8, 
1837. .She was survived but a few weeks by 
her husband, James Pike, who died November 
30, i«37. 

Their son, Samuel Pike, the father of 
Charles J., was born on the old homestead in 
Franklin, November 30, 1795. He accpiired 
a good education and brought his scientific 
knowledge to bear on the (dd home farm, on 
which he remained until his death on P'ehru- 
ary 24, 1867. He was a IMajor in the State 

Samuel Pike was three times marrieil. His 
first matrimonial alliance was formed with 
Betsy Brown, who was born February 20, 
1787, and was the mother of five children — 
Lydia, Almira, Mary S. , Samuel G. , and 
Washington F. She died October 2, 1836. 
His second w^fe, whose maiden name was 
Hannah Wells, died I'ebruary 22, 1843, hav- 
ing been the mother of five children — Han- 
nah, Augusta H. ]•:., John H., Charles J., and 
Polly. By his third marriage, with Polly 
Clark, there were three children — Betsy A., 
David W., and Clara B. 

Charles J. Pike, the fourth son as named 
above, acquired a common-school education in 
his native town, and remained on the home 
acres until he was twenty years of age. On 
August 13, 1862, he enlisted in Company 
!•:, Tenth Regiment New Hampshire Volun- 
teers; and after serving until August, 1863, 
he was detailed as a fifer in the drum corjis, 
which jiosition he held until March, 1864. 
He was in five or si.x imixirtant engagements, 
as follows: Orleans, November 5, 1862; 
Waterloo, November 10, 1862; White Sulphur 
Springs, November 15, 1S62; Fredericksburg, 




December 13, 1862; siege of Suffolk, begin- 
ning y\pril 10, 1863; Hills Point, April i,S, 
1863, all in Virginia. For fifteen months 
pre\'ioiis to his discharge, June 12, 1865, he 
was in the IIam]itnn Hospital at I'ortress Mon- 
roe, Va. On entering the hospital ho was a 
patient for about three months, afterward 
being detailed as nurse, as assistant ward mas- 
ter, ward master, and as acting hosi)ital 

Returning to Franklin in July, 1865, Mr. 
Pike entered the machine shop of Walter 
Aiken, and there learned the machinist's 
trade. In the fall of 1S66 he came to Lake- 
port, where he was emplo^-ed in P. J. Cole's 
machine shop until June, 1867. l""or a short 
time thereafter he was in the Pacific Mills in 
Lawrence, Mass. ; lint he subsequently returned 
to Mr. Cole's shop, being engaged there until 
1S72. .He then formed a copartnership with 
Eben ¥. Woodman, under the style of Wood- 
man & Pike in Lakejiort, where they engaged 
in the manufacture of light machinery. In 
1872 Mr. W. L. Chase was admitted to part- 
ne"rship, the firm name becoming W. L. Chase 
& Co. They occupied a flourishing plant in 
New York at 93, 95, and 97 Liberty Street, and 
also leased a factory in Newark, N.J. P'our- 
teen months later Mr. Pike sold out to his 
partners, taking the contracts to buiUl ma- 
chines, continuing the enterprise until 1881. 
For nearly a year afterward he officiated as 
foreman in the salesroom of W. L. Chase & 
Co., his recent partners, in New York. Dur- 
ing that time he conducted a private swimming 
bath, which he sold in March, 1S82. In 
April be returned to Lakeport ; and on June 
6, 1882, he entered the machine shop of J. S. 
Crane & Co., where he began experimenting 
on Charles Young's Knitting Machine, which 
he continued for about si.\- months. Afterward 
he assembled and tested knitting machines 

until January, 1890, when he was appointed 
foreman, which position lie still retains. 

On December 30, 1865, Mr. Pike was 
united in marriage with Mary, a daughter of 
Horace Carlisle, of Hartford, Vt. The mar- 
riage was solemnized at White River Village 
by the Rev. Mr. Kay. Mr. Carlisle was a 
farmer, and for several years a hotel proprie- 
tor in Quechee, Vt. He married Lucinda 
Morse, and had four children, of whom Mrs. 
Pike is the eldest. Mr. and Mrs. I'ike have 
one daughter, Emma liva Pike, who was grad- 
uated from Tilton Seminary in the class of 
1887. Miss Pike has decided musical ability, 
and i)lays the organ in church, besides teaching 
music. She often [ilays as an accompanist 
here and in surrounding towns. Miss Pike 
has studied vocalization with Professor Dick- 
inson, of St. Johnsbury, \'t. 

In politics Mr. Pike is a loyal Republican, 
but he refuses to hold any civic offices. Fra- 
ternally, he is a charter member of Cliocorua 
Lodge, No. 51, I. O. O. F., of which he was 
the first presiding officer. He has passed all 
the chairs, and is a member of the Cirand 
Lodge of New Hampshire. He is a Past 
Chief Patriarch of Laconia Encampment No. 
9. Religiously, he affiliates with the Jmcc 
I5a[)tists, having joined that church in June, 
1867. While in Newark, N.J., he .served as 
assistant I5ible class teacher, also as' teacher 
in the Sunday-school for four years. 

§ EDGAR McDUFFEPl The subject 
of this sketch was born in Rochester, 
• N. H., September 8, 1863, he being a 
son of Franklin and Mary P>ances (Hayes) 
McDuffee, and descended from old and influ- 
ential families. He attended the local public 
schools, and was for a few months a s[iecial 
student at the well-known Chauncy Hall 



School in Boston. At the age of sixteen, he 
entered the Chandler Scientific Department at 
Dartmouth College, where he remained for 
two years. 

iMom childhood he showed unmistakable 
evidence of a natural love and gift for music, 
and at the age of eight he began the study of 
the pianoforte. Ills first teacher was his 
cousin, Mary V. Whitehouse. Lessons by 
other local teachers followed, and for a consid- 
erable time he was under the instruction of 
James W. Hill, of Haverhill, Mass. He also 
pursued the study of harmony with the late 
Stephen A. lunery, of Boston. Without 
underestimating the work fif teachers, much of 
his knowledge and development is the result of 
personal investigation and the comparison of 
methods of the great musical artists. He has 
improved every opportunity of listening to the 
l)est of music of every form and department, 
his experiences in this country being supple 
mented by a si.x months' tour abroad, during 
which he heard many of the great organs and 
organists, singers and players, of Europe. 

l-"or fourteen years Mr. McDuffee has taught 
pianoforte playing, and pupils come from 
many adjacent towns to his studio in Roches- 
ter. For six years he has been organist at the 
First Congregational Church of Rochester, 
and is director of its choir. He aLso receives 
pupils in organ and harmony. 

Mr. McDuffee's chief ambition, however, is 
in the line of composition. A rhapsodie for 
the pianoforte, a brilliant concert piece, has 
met a large sale. Its publishers, the White- 
Smith Company, of Boston, have also issued 
several songs written by Mr. McDuffee, and 
the Miles & Thompson firm, of the .same city, 
have publi.shed others. These productions 
have met with marked favor, and have been 
complimentarily reviewed by various critics. 
They are characterized by classic feeling, 

thorough originality, and a happy fitness of 
music to words. Many songs, part-songs, 
piano and organ pieces that still remain in 
manuscript are highly spoken of by those who 
have heard them publicly performed.. Some 
of these only wait the composer's final touches 
in editing, to be brought out in print. 

Mr. McDuffee chose music as a profession 
from a pure love of the art, and has pursued it 
on that line, aiding in nearly every important 
musical event in his vicinity. His influence 
in musical matters has always been exerted to 
the utmost for the upbuilding of a true taste 
for that which is highest and best. Through- 
out the State his name is familiar to musi- 
cians. He was one of the founders and is an 
honorary member of the New Hampshire 
Music Teachers' Association, in which he has 
held, at different times, the offices of vice- 
president, secretary, and acting treasurer, and 
on the programme committee has given the so- 
ciety the benefit of his extended knowledge of 
musical literature. 

In other than musical lines Mr. McDuffee 
is influential. He has social and literary 
prominence. As dramatic and musical critic, 
his opinions published in the Rochester 
Courier, of whose editorial .staff he is a mem- 
ber, and in other jiapers, carry weight, while 
his articles of travel at home and abroad are 
widely read. Frankness and facility distin- 
guish his style as a writer. He has been the 
executive member of the Board of Tru.stees of 
the Rochester Public Library from its organ- 
ization, and he holds office in various literary 
and social clubs in his own city and elsewhere. 
The subject of this sketch is still a young 
man, and much may be expected from iiim. 
So high an authority as Mr. H. G. J^laisdell, 
of Concord, N. H., concludes an appreciative 
article on Mr. McDuffee, published some time 
ago in the Granite Moutldy, in the following 


terms: "A man wc li()[><j tn mure fmni in 
the future. He is espeeially blesse.l, as he 
has every means t(i tj;ratify his wishes; and, 
wliile he leads a (|uiet life in his native town, 
yet we predict his work will be closely ideiiti- 
fiec] with the musical history of our State, and 
when called to final account we trust he will 
hear, 'Well done, -nod and faithful servant,' 
for making so much of a divine talent so 
lovingly bestowed by the Giver of all good." 

MASA AI.LKN, a prosperous agricult- 
urist, and one of tlie oldest residents 

'f Rochester, was born in 1S20 on 

the homestead where he now resides, son of 
William and Sarah (Nute) Allen. He comes 
of substantial English stock, and is tlie lineal 
descendant of a pioneer family of this town. 
His great-great-grandfather, John y\llen, was 
the original owner of the homestead property, 
on which he settled in Colonial days. John's 
son William was the father of Major Samuel 
Allen, who served with distinction in the 
Revolutionary War. 

William Allen continued the improvements 
already begun on the homestead, each year 
clearing a few acres, and carried on mi.xed 
husbandry after the fashion of his time. In- 
heriting the patriotic spirit of his ancestors, 
he served in the War of 181 2 as quarter- 
master. His house was used as a sort of fort 
by the people of this vicinity, seventy-two 
persons having therein received protection 
from the Indians during one winter. By his 
wife, Sarah, who was a native of Milton, he 
became the father of eight children, of whom 
Levi W., the occupant of a farm adjoining 
the old homestead, is the only other siir- 
vix'or. He was a Whig in ])olitics, but he 
never filled a public office. 

Amasa Allen obtained his school education 

in Rochester. On the home farm he ac(|uired 
a practical knowledge of agriculture. After 
following shoemaking for some years he aban- 
doned that business, and has since devoted 
himself to general farming, including lumber- 
ing, stock-raising, and dairying, lia\-ing the 
assistance of his son, John H., who resides 
with him. He raises some fruit. The farm 
contains about three hunilred acres of land, all 
of which is in Rochester. ]5esides three 
horses and a few shee|i there is a handsome 
dairy of twenty-si.\ fine milch cows, which 
add materially to the proprietor's income. In 
politics Mr. Allen is a Republican. With 
the exception of the Surveyorshi]i, which he 
filled for a few terms, he has not held any 
public office. For tlie past ten ye.irs he has 
been Deacon of the Walnut Grove Free Will 
Haiitist Church. 

The first wife of Mr. Allen, whose maiden 
name was Clarrisa Roberts, died about sixteen 
months after the marriage, leaving no chil- 
dren. In January, 1851, he married Miss 
Elizabeth Blaisdel, of Milton, who bore him 
four children. These were: Charles W., of 
whom a brief sketch may be found elsewhere 
in this volume; Clara A., who became the 
wife of Charles H. Seavey, and died Ajiril nj, 
iS().4; Martha !■:., now the wife of Andrew 
Jackson, of Rochester: and John A., who 
lives on the home farm. 

of Eakeport, Helknap County, is one 
of the foremost citizens of the 
Granite State, having won an enviable reputa- 
tion as a soldier, a journalist and a Congress- 
man. He was born in Springfield, Sullivan 
County, N.H., July 30, 1S42, a son of 
I<:ibridge Gerry and Caroline (Knowlton) 
Haynes, and is of the eighth generation in 



descent from Samuel llaynes, wlio came from 
Shropshire, I'jisland, to this country in 1635. 
A passenger in the ship "Anj;el Gabriel," 
Samuel Haynes was wrecked at Pemaquid 
(now Bristol, IVIe.), in the great hurricane of 
Au-usl 15, iC'iS- In "jSO 'i^ settled in 
wdial is now Greenland, N.H., tlien a part of 
I'orlsmouth, and in 1651 and later he was a 
member of the ]?oard of Selectmen of that 
]dacc, also holding other offices of trust. He 
was one of the founders of the First Congre- 
gational Church of Portsmouth, which was 
gathered in 1670, and was Deacon of the same 
for a number of years. His posterity lived in 
Greenland, X.II., until two generations ago. 
Brave and active, the Haynes family have 
been prominent in war and peace. The great- 
great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch 
was a ranger, fighting in the French and In- 
dian War; and his great-grandfather was a 
Revolutionary soldier. His grandfather also, 
James Haynes, who was born in Allenstown, 
N.H., was in the United States army, being 
eundled as a drummer during the War of 
iSij. James Haynes was a farmer, residing 
during his later years in Newbury, N.H. He 
married Sally, daughter of the Rev. Mr. 
Clark, of Fpsom, N.H., and reared a family 
of seven, two daughters and five sons. El- 
bridge G. being the eldest. 

I'.lbridge Gerry Haynes was born in Epsom, 
N.H., his jiarents removing at an early day to 
Newbury, N.H. During the years of his 
mature manhood he worked as a stone mason in 
Manchester, this State, where he was one of 
the prominent and highly respected citizens. 
He served on the Board of Aldermen of the 
city, and was elected to the State Senate. In 
religious belief he was a Universalist. He 
died in Manchester, at the age of sixty-five. 
His widow, a daughter of Captain Nathaniel 
Knowlton, of Sutton, N.H., is now seventy- 

four years of age. I'^our children were born to 
them, only two of whom, a son and a daugh- 
ter, are living, Martin A. being the elder. 

Martin Alonzo Haynes was four years old 
when his parents became residents of Man- 
chester, and in that city he was educated, 
graduating from the high school at the age of 
seventeen. After leaving school he started to 
learn the printer's trade, but his apprentice- 
ship was cut short by President Lincoln's call 
for volimteers in 1861. Though only eigh- 
teen years of age at the time, Mr. Haynes 
enlisted, and was mustered into the Abbott 
Guard, the first company to enter the camp of 
the First Regiment at Concord. This com- 
pany was transferred before leaving the State 
to the Second Regiment, in which it was in- 
corporated as Company I, enrolled for three 
years. Soon after the arrival of the regiment 
at Washington, Mr. Haynes was appointed 
Commissary's Clerk; but he was an.xious for 
active service, and when the first advance was 
made into Virginia, learning that the duties 
of his position were liable to keep him in 
camp, he resigned in disgust, demanded his 
musket, and took his place in the ranks of the 
company. Serving as a private soldier for 
three years, he participated in every engage- 
ment of the regiment, from Bull Run to Cold 
Harbor, never losing a day from duty, and 
never answering to "surgeon's call," though 
he was wounded three times. At the first 
Bull Run, late in the day, while defending the 
sunken road near the Henry House, he was 
slightly injured in the neck; at Glendale he 
received a severe contusion from a spent ball; 
and at the Second Bull Run, at the famous 
bayonet charge of Grover's Brigade, when the 
Second Regiment broke the two rebel lines of 
battle, he received a savage blow in the face, 
and bled profusely; but he maintained his 
stand, and it was he that carried from the field 


tlic wouniled Lieutenant Rogers, who ilied in 
his arms. In the famcnis "peach (irehard " of 
Gettysburg, where out of three hunch-ed and 
fifty-four of his comrades engaged, one hun- 
dred and ninety-three were killed or wounded, 
the three men nearest Mr. Ilaynes were 
struck by fragments of one shell, but he was 
unharmed. He was offered a commission, but 
declined. Discharged in June, i S64, he re- 
turned to Manchester, and was employed for 
some time on the editorial staff of the Daily 
yl///7v'/- and the Daily I'liioii. I'iesigning this 
position to accept that of clerk and paymaster 
of the Rockingham Mills at I'ortsmouth, he 
remained there about a year, until the sus- 
pension of the mills. In January, iS^.S, he 
returned to journalism, founding, with Benja- 
min F. Stanton, 'flu- Lake ]'illay_c Tniics, of 
which three years later he became sole pro- 
])rietor. In the meantime public duties of 
increasing responsibility were being crowded 
upon him, and in 1888 he left the editorial 
chair of the Times. Mr. Haynes is the author 
of "'file History of the Second Regiment," 
copies of which are now eagerly sought for. 

( )ne of the strongest men of the Re])ublican 
party in his native State, he was elected from 
the town of Gilford to the New Hampshire 
legislature in 1872, and served two years, the 
first year presiding as Chairman of the Com- 
mittee on Fisheries, and the second year as 
Chairman of the Military Committee. Dur- 
ing Governor Prescott's administration he was 
aide-de-camp on his staff, with the rank of 
Colonel. In 1876 he was appointed Clerk of 
the Circuit Court and the Superior Court of 
Judicature for Belknap County, and was in 
office until 18S3, when he resigned to take a 
seat in the National Congress. In the fall 
election of 1SS2 his old comrades in arms 
brought his name forward as nominee fi'om 
the P^irst New Hampshire District, and after 

a canvass memorable in the history of New 
Hampshire politics he was nominated in the 
convention at Dover, and was elected in No- 
vember by an unprecedented plurality of nearly 
three thousand, eight hundred. In 1884 he 
was renominated for Congress by acclamation 
at the VVolfboro convention, his opponent 
being the Rev. L. F. McKinney, one of the 
ablest and most popular men of his party in 
the State; and Mr. Haynes received nearly 
twenty-hve hundred plurality. In both elec- 
tions he went far ahead of his ticket, receiv- 
ing hundreds of Democratic votes. While in 
Congress he was on the Invalid Pensions Com- 
mittee, the Labor Ciunmittee, and the V.\- 
penditure Committee. In i888 he was ap- 
pointed special agent of the Treasuiy, under 
President Harrison, and served until 1892. 
He has been active in all the recent Presi- 
ilential campaigns, "stumping " foi- Harrison 
in 1888 and 1892, and for McKinley in 1896, 

As a Grand Army man Mr. Haynes has dis- 
tinguished himself in peace as well as in war. 
In 1 88 1 -82 he was President of the New 
Hampshire Veteran Association, and, when he 
resigned the chair to his successor, the associa- 
tion was not only free Ironi debt, but owned 
valualile buildings for its annual reunions at 
Wejrs He was Commander of the Grand 
Army Dejiartment of New Hampshire at the 
same time. He has delivered many addresses 
and poems at soldiers" reunions and gather- 
ings. As an Odd Fellow, too, he is very 
prominent, having held all the clicairs in 
Chocorua Lodge, No. 51, I. O. O. 1<". ; and 
belonging to Laconia Fncampment, No. 9. 

He was married in 1863 to Cornelia T. 
Lane, of Manchester, and has two daugliters, 
both residing at home. Mr. Haynes is a man 
of commanding presence, si.x feet (less halt an 
inch) in height, and ajipearing much taller, and 
tii^s the scales at two hundred and twenty 


pounds, l^rcct and soldierly, with a strong, 
hearty voice, he makes friends by his personal 
magnetism wherever he goes. He is a thor- 
ough gentleman, courteous and kindly to all. 
lie delights in the rod and gun, and spends 
nuioli of his leisure time hunting and fishing. 


nprietor of Pleasant View Stock 
h'arm, Tilton, ]?elknap County, is a 
native of the Granite State. He was born in 
the town of Littleton, Grafton County, Sep- 
tember 10, icS59, son of Roswell and Mary 
(Morse) Sargent. His paternal grandfather, 
IClihu Sargent, was a resident for many years 
of Littleton; and there his father, Roswell, 
was born July 28, 1S13. 

Rosw-ell Sargent, having acquired his edu- 
cation in the district schools, was engaged in 
farming until after his marriage, when he 
started in the hotel business. He was pro- 
])rietor of hotels in Northumberland, Strat- 
ford and Stanstead Plain, Province of Quebec, 
and died in the last-named place, June 12, 
iHGf). He married Mary, daughter of Obadiah 
Morse, and the following named children were 
born to them: Milo P.; Laura H.; Harvey; 
Martha; Franklin Roswell, the subject of 
this sketch; and Charles IL Mrs. Sargent's 
father was born in Methuen, ALass. He was a 
soldier in the French and Indian War, and 
was in General Wolfe's command at the tak- 
ing of (Juebec. Later he enlisted in a Massa- 
chusetts regiment, and fought during the Rev- 
olution; and in the War of 181 2 he ' fought 
side by side with his eldest son, Webster 
Morse, then a lad of seventeen. Obadiah 
Morse married Sarah Webster, a relative of 
Daniel Webster. 

P'ranklin Roswell Sargent was taken by his 
parents to Stanstead when but four years of 

age. As he grew older he was sent to the 
common schools and to the academy. A vent- 
urous lad, desirous of seeing something of the 
world, when only eleven years old he ran away 
from home with another boy of about his own 
age, taking along a bull-dog that he had re- 
ceived in exchange for a shot gun. When 
about nine miles from home the boys met a 
circus, and one of the men offered to buy the 
boys" dog if it could whip his dog. The boys 
agreed, and, as their dog won in the scrim- 
mage, the circus man handed over a ten-dollar 
bill. Although Sargent was so young, he had 
handled considerable money, and he had 
shrewd suspicion that genuine ten-drdlar bills 
were not so easily obtained. He therefore 
took the bill to a hotel near by and showed it 
to the proprietor, who, seeing that it was a 
counterfeit, and being a man desirous of see- 
ing fair play, went back with the boys, and 
obliged the circus man to give them a genuine 
bill. The boys went on to Wells River, 
where they stayed a few days visiting relatives 
of the Sargents. They finally reached Boston, 
and parted company. Young Sargent put up 
at the Merrimack House, and secured a situa- 
tion at a dollar a day riding horses for the 
sale stable. Even at that age his fondness for 
animals, especially for horses, developed 
to a considerable extent; and there has not 
been a day since when he has not been thor- 
oughly interested in horses, and most of the 
time connected in some business capacity, 
either with buying and selling or raising and 
training them. After staying in Boston for a 
month he was glad to go back to Stanstead to 
see his father and mother. He was only home 
a week when he ran away to Sweetsburg, P.O., 
though he remained there only a short time. 

After these youthful travels he was content 
to settle down at home and go to school — 
when he was unable to find anybody's horse to 


look out for — until he was thirteen years old. 
Ill his fourteenth year he went to Washington, 
U.C, in eharge of two horses, and remained 
there tlriving horses at races. I^'or the ne.Nt 
do/en years he ruile horses at all the great 
races in Canada and Nortliern New luigland. 
I lis career has been a varied one, and his work 
has taken him over many sections of the coun- 
try. During those twelve years he worked in 
15oston, where at first he got only three dollars 
a week. He then worked successively in 
Stanstead, P.O.; Stoneham, North Bridge- 
water, and Lowell, Mass. ; Concord antl I'lyni- 
outh, N.Il.; and Bangor, I\Ic. He next went 
to Lowell to manage the race track and train- 
ing stables; again to Stanstead; and thence 
back to Bangor, where he trained horses. 
After driving races through Massachusetts and 
Rhode Island, he went back to Bangor in the 
fall. This was about 1877. In the sjjring of 
1.S79 he went to Stanstead to break anil ride 
the mare Zeta, and then went to race at Three 
Rivers, and won the C|ueeirs plate with her. 
After this he went with horses to ]?arton, Vt., 
and remained there for about two years en- 
gaged in handling horses. 

Not long after, he went to work for Mr. 
G. K. h'oster, and later for his brother, Mr. 
1^'. II. F(jster. He has since reniainetl in 
charge of Mr. Foster's stables, and has trained 
horses that have made records as low as Ailra 
Belle, 2:13; and Lady Kenset, 2:21 1-4, to 
high wheels; Bessie, 17 3-4, to high wheels; 
VVilkins, 15 1-2, to high wheels; Viking, 19 
1-4, high wheels. Mr. Sargent now has 
George A., owned by I-"oster & Sargent, with 
a record of 18 1-4. He is by Glencoe Wilkes, 
and dam by Godfrey I'atchen. In i,S8.S Mr. 
Sargent came to Tilton, being in Mr. Fos- 
ter's employ. 

About 1S92 Mr. I'oster, wishing to e.xiiress 
in practical form his api)reciation of Mr. Sar- 

gent's services, and to give him at the same 
time an enduring mark of his esteem, pre- 
sented liini with the fine property which he 
now controls. Pleasant View I''arm is one of 
the best grass farms in this part of the State. 
It has about sixty-five acres, and from twenty - 
five of these an annual crop of sixty tt)ns of 
hay is harvested. The stable, erected at a 
cost of four thousand dollars, has seventeen 
extra large box stalls. The residence situated 
u[)on this property is a handsome one, and is 
occupied by Mr. Sargent and his family. Mr. 
Sargent intends to keep uixin his place the 
finest breeders to be secured. He owns the 
mare .Sonata, seven years old, for which he 
paid two thousand dollars; also Cleveland, a 
stallion with a record of 2: 20. 

Mr. Sargent married Miss Emma, daughter 
of John Dyson, of Richmond, P.O., and has 
had two children — Norma May and Franklin 
R., Jr. In politics Mr .Sargent is a Demo- 
crat. He is a member of Belknap Lodge, 
A. I. O. U. W. He has been quite an exten- 
sive traveller. In i,S86, his health having 
failed, he went to Jacksonville, Fla., where 
he remained for a month, then going to I{n- 
terprise, where he was successful in shooting 
a large number of alligatcrs. He brought 
home thirteen skins, and one stuffed specimen 
over twelve feet in length. The f(dlowing 
autumn he went to Los Angeles and Pomona, 

l)rogressive farmer of Belmont, Belk- 
naf) County, N.IL, son of William 
and Hannah P. (Cogswell) Badger, was born 
here, June 2-j , I Si 7, lielniont then being a 
part of Gilmanton. 

His paternal ancestors were of English ex- 
traction, and were distinguished for wealth, 
pr(.)minenee, and nobility of character, posi- 

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tiuns of Iionor ami trust ai)i)arciuly coming to 
tliom by natural ri-lit. (lilcs l?adger, the 
c.irly pru-cnitor, scttlcil in Newbury, Mass., 
prior to June 30, 1643, dying there July 17, 
1647. His son, John, who was born June 30, 
104^, was made a freeman in 1674, and was 
a Sergeant of the militia. He became the 
father of four children : John, who died in 
early life; John, second: Sarah; and James, 
who died in 1693. IH' Sergeant John's sec- 
ond marriage, to Hannah Swett, there were 
ten more children; namely, Steiiheii, Hannah, 
Nathaniel, Mary, Klizabeth, Ruth, two sons 
whijse names are lost, Abigail, and Lydia. 
luhii 15adger, Jr., second, son of Sergeant 
John, married Rebecca l^rown, by whom he 
had seven children, namely, John, third, 
James, Klizabeth, Stephen, Joseph, Benjamin, 
and Dorothy. 

Joseph, son of John, Jr., was twice married. 
His first wife, Hannah, was a daughter of 
Colonel Nathaniel I'easlee, of Haverhill, 
Mass., where Mr. Badger removed, engaging 
in general merchandise business the rest of 
iiis life, l^y this alliance there vvere seven 
children — Joseph, second, Judith, Mehitable, 
Mary, Nathaniel, Mary, and one other, but 
only two of them lived to settle in life, Jo- 
sci)h (second) anil Judith. Mr. Joseph Badger 
married Mrs. Hannah Pearson, a widow, for 
his second wife. Three children were the re- 
sult of their union — Knoch, Nathaniel, and 

J(;seph (second), who was born January 11, 
1722, m.irried his steinnother's daughter, Han- 
nah i'ears<in. Their children were: William, 
Hannah, Mehitable, Joseph (third), Rebecca, 
Ruth, I'easlee, Ebcnezer, Mary and Na- 
thaniel (twins), Sarah, and Judith. Joseph 
Badger (second) settled in Bradford, Mass., 
where he engaged in farming, but owing to his 
natural ability and a go(jd education he was 

soon called upon to take part in public ;itfairs. 
At the age of twenty -three he became Deinity 
Sheriff of Kssex County, Massachusetts, and 
in the militia he served as luisign. Lieuten- 
ant, and Captain. In I7<')3 he removed to 
Gilmanton, N.H., being one of the first set- 
tlers and a proprietor. He held the office of 
Selectman, and he frequently served as Mod- 
erator in town meetings. On March 10, 
1768, he was apjiointed Justice of the Peace; 
July 10, 1771, he was made Colonel of the 
Tenth Regiment, and June 27, 1780, was 
made Brigadier-general; in 17S4 was com- 
missioned Justice of the Peace and Quorum 
throughout the State; December 6, 1784, was 
made Judge of Probate for Strafford County ; 
and in 1784, 1790, and 1791 he was a mem- 
ber of the State Council. 

In politics Judge Batlger was of the Demo- 
cratic Republican school, and was a firm 
and ardent patriot. He was conscientious in 
the discharge of every duty, and his life was 
marked by prudence, integrity, firmness, and 
benevolence. Institutions of learning and re- 
ligion were generously supported by him. 
He officiated as President of the Board of 
Trustees of Gilmanton Academy the rest of 
his life. Jiulge Badger was present at the 
capture of Burgoyne, and was on the attach- 
ment which escorted the vanquished army to 
Boston. After the war he served as Repre- 
sentative to the legislature, being also a mem- 
ber of the convention which adopted the Con- 
stitution. He died April 4, 1S03, in his 
eighty-second year. 

Joseph Badger (third) was also a Revolu- 
tionary soldier, serving as Lieutenant of his 
regiment during the campaign against Bur- 
goyne, also rendering efficient aid under Gen- 
eral Gates. After the war he returned to 
Gilmanton, and engaged in farming. His 
worth and ability were duly recognized, and 


he ufficiated as Representative several years, 
and was for eight years Councillor for Strafford 
district. In the State militia he was also 
prominent, being appointed to command the 
Tenth Regiment in 1795, becoming 15rigadier- 
general of the Second Brigade the ensuing 
year. A brave soldier and an honored citizen 
was laid to rest when he died, at the age of 
si.xty-three, January 14, 1809. 

William Badger, the father of the subject of 
this biography, was born in 1779, ami in- 
heriteil the wealth, ability, and popular favor 
of his father, Joseph, third. In his youth he 
attended Gilmanton Academy. Mis first wife, 
Martha, to whom he was married in 1803, was 
a daughter of the Rev. Isaac Smith, the first 
settled minister in Gilmanton. She had two 
children: John, who died while a student at 
Bowdoin College in 1824; and Martha, who 
also died in early life. By his second mar- 
riage with Hannah P. Cogswell, who belonged 
to a distinguished family, there were also two 
children — Joseph and William. William 
Badger served as Colonel on Governor Lang- 
don's staff, and for a number of years in the 
legislature. The year he married his second 
wife he was elected Senator from District Si.v, 
and, being re-elected twice, served as Presi- 
dent of the Senate the last year, 1816. The 
same year he was appointed Justice of the 
Court of Common Pleas, holding that office 
until 1820, when he was appointed Sheriff of 
Strafford County, in which cajjacity he served 
ten years. 

Colonel William Badger was a Democrat oi 
the Jacksonian school. In 1834 he was tri- 
umphantly elected Governor of the State, and, 
proving himself a very efficient Chief Magis- 
trate, he was re-elected. At the close of his 
second gubernatorial term he refusetl a renom- 
ination, and retired to his farm. In 1S44 he 
served as Presidential Elector. After his re- 

tirement from public life he engaged in manu- 
facturing, owning a cotton factory, a saw and 
grist mill. The present prosperity of Bel- 
mont is largely due to his energy and enter- 
prise. He died September 21, 1852, at the 
age of seventy ■ three years. William, his 
younger son by the second marriage, was 
Major in the regular United States Army. 

Joseph Badger, elder son of Colonel Will- 
iam by his second wife, prepared for college 
at Gilmanton Academy, and was graduated at 
Dartmouth in 1839. Not being in robust 
health, he returned to the homestead, and 
turnetl iiis attention to farming. In 1842 and 
1S43 he served on the staff of Governor Hub- 
bard, with the title of Colonel, and he has 
twice officiated as Representative to the legis- 
lature; but with these exceptions he has led a 
quiet, retired life on the Badger homestead 
and estate, of which he is the owner. In poli- 
tics he is a Democrat, and since attaining his 
majority he has never missed an election. 

On October 11, 1865, Colonel Badger was 
united in marriage with Hannah E. Ayers. 
Their union has been blessetl by four chihiien : 
Mary, who died in early life; Francis; Jolni 
Cogswell; and Harriet I^lizabeth. 

[jrominent lawyer of Somerswortii, 
and the Judge of the local police 
court, was born in Parsonsfield, Me., October 
17, 1830, son of Daniel and Betsy (Neal) 
Knap[). The first ancestor of the Knapp fam- 
ily of whom there is any knowledge was 
William Knapp, who was boin in the county 
of Suffolk, England, in 1578. He joined the 
Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630, settling 
in Watertown, where his death occurred in 
1658. His descendants continued to reside in 
Massachusetts up to the beginning of the [ires- 



Uiry. Ju(1l;c Kiiapp's graiulfathcr, 

War. Daniel Knapp was burn in 
y, Mass., in 17S5. When fifteen 
years old he went t.i rarsonslieUI, ^[e., and, 
learning the carjienter's trade, tullowed it in 
connection with tarminy; through the active 
period of his life. He died February 9, 1859. 
William Daniel Knapp attended the com- 
mon schools and the Farsonsfield Seminary. 
At the age of eighteen, with a view of provid- 
ing sufficient means to defray the expenses of 
a collegiate course, he began teaching school, 
and sub.sequently followed that occupation in 
Conway, Jackson, and Tamworth, of this 
State, and in Ipswich, Newbury, and Groton, 
of Massachusetts. He matriculated at Dart- 
mouth College in 185 1, graduating in due 
course in 1855. At the reunion of the class 
of 1855, held in Hanover, N.H., June 25, 
1.S95, in celebration of its fortieth anniver- 
sary, there were present of the living mem- 
bers one-half the number of lawyers, one-half 
the number of doctors, one-fourth of the jour- 
nalists, and one-fourth of the clergymen, repre- 
senting Maine, New llamiishire, Massachu- 
setts, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. ; and at 
the banquet I'resident Dingley filled the chair, 
and Judges l*"ield, Hardy, and Knapp were 
conspicuous on either siile. After leaving 
Dartmouth, Mr. Knapp resumed educational 
work, teaching for a time at the academy in 
West Lebanon, Me., and at the New Hami)- 
lon Literary Institute. He studied law with 
Messrs. Wells and Lastman in Somersworth, 
was admitted to the bar in York County, 
Maine, September 22, 1858, and subsequently 
located for practice in Somersworth. His 
legal ability soon placed him in possession 
of a profitable general law practice. In the 
course of his professional lite, besides con- 
ducting many important cases, he has settled 

a large number of estates. Public atfairs 
have i)rofited by his interest in them. He 
was elected County School Commissioner in 
July, i860, anil served two years; was Secre- 
tary of the New Hampshire Board of Educa- 
tion from July, 1S61, to July, 1862: served 
as a member of the 15oard of Selectmen for six 
years; and was Town Treasurer for nineteen 
years. In 1870 and 1871 he was a Repre- 
sentative to the State legislature. He was 
chosen a delegate to the Constitutional Con- 
vention in 1S89, and he has presided over the 
Somersworth police court since 1870. He is 
a Director of fhe Somersworth National Hank, 
and he has been one of the New Hampshire 
Fire Insurance Company since its organiza- 
tion in 1870. 

On November 29, 1866, Judge Knapp was 
united in marriage with -Susan Hale llussey, 
daughter of Deacon Thomas and -Susan (Hale) 
Hussey, of Barrington, N.H. As a lawyer 
Judge Knapp has long enjoyed the confidence 
of the community, who thoroughly appreciate 
his character and ability. His work in public 
capacities has received deserved commenda- 
tion, while in -i literary way his historical 
sketch of Somersworth, which appeared in the 
first annual report of the city government in 
1894, is an excellent piece of work, showing 
much careful research. He is a member of 
the Congregational church, is President of the 
Pascataqua Congregationalist Club; and in 
politics he acts with the Republican jiarty. 

(ohr LESTER FAUNCE, an undertaker 
Kjla and successful business man of Som- 
' » V^ crs worth, Strafford County, was 
born February 3, 1842, in Oxford, Oxford 
County, Me., son of Aaron D. and Phiiily J. 
(Leniiell) Faunce. The father was also a 
native of Oxford, where he spent the greater 



part ..[ his life ciiyaycil ill the woollen busi- 
ness. In 1867 he went to l^ast Rochester, 
where he followed the same business. Ten 
years later he came to Great Falls, now Som- 
ersworth, and started an undertaking establish- 
ment, in which he was interesteil until his 
death, which occurred August 31, 1N93, at the 
age of seventy-two years. In i)olitics he sup- 
ported the Republican paity, but was not an 
office-holder. Hi.s wife, another native of U.\- 
ford County, Me., die<l July 29, i.S.SS, at the 
age of sixty-nine. They were active members 
of the Methodist l-;piscopal church. They 
had seven children, of Eveline, IvJwin, 
and Clarence are deceased. A. Lester, the 
subject of this sketch, Frank A., Willard II., 
and Charles H., and Delia M., are living. 

/\. Lester h'aunce was an attendant of the 
O.Nford public .schools until sixteen years of 
age. He then went to Amesbury, Mass., and 
worked in the wo(dlen mills there foi- two years. 
At the end of that time he returned to his 
native town and was empl<i\ed in the woollen 
mills there up to 1866. Then he removed to 
Ivist Rochester, N. II., and worked in the 
woollen mills of that place until 1X73. He 
next went to Stonehani, Mass., and was there 
engaged in a machine shop for a year or two. 
Having again returned to Oxford, he had fol- 
lowed the jxiinting and undertaking business 
for about thirteen years, when he sold out, 
^ame to Somersworth, and formed a partner- 
ship with his father. This relation continued 
until the death of the latter, when Mr. I-"aunce 
bought his father's interest, since which time 
he has carried on the business alone. Un 
February 5, 1.S63, he was united in marriage 
with Miss Sibelia Garcelon, who was a daugh- 
ter of the Rev. Alonzo Garcelon, of Lewiston, 
Me. -She died August 20, 1SS6. Two years 
later Mr. {•'aunce contracted a second marriage 
with Miss Alice A. Littlewood, of O.xford. 

Two children are the fruit of this marriage; 
namely, Clyde L. and Nina 1!., both living at 
home. In January, 1865, he enlisted in Com- 
liany F, Thirty-second Maine Regiment, with 
which he did guard duty at Washington until 
the close of the war. 

Mr. Faunce is a stanch Republican. In 
CJxfortl he was Selectman for six years, and 
was Deputy Sheriff of Oxford County for eight 
years. In Somersworth he was Selectman of 
the Second Ward for two years; and, having 
been elected for a term of three years in 
March, 18./,, he is a member of the Council 
and I'resitlent of that body. He is a member 
of Paris Lodge, No. 94, I-'. & A. M., of Parks, 
Me. ; of the Fdwards Royal Arch Chajiter, No. 
Ji, of Somersworth; of Orphan Council of 
Royal and Select Masters; of the St. Paul 
Commandery, Knights Templar, vi Do\-ei-, 
N. II. ; and of Prospect Lodge, K. of P., (,f 
Somersworth. He is cpiite iirominent in 
Grand Army circles, being a Past Com- 
mander of Littlefield Post, No. 8, of Somers- 
worth, and Past Assistant Adjutant General of 
the department of New Hamiishire. 

(^>r'ARON SANI^ORN CLOUGH, one of 
/^ the able farmers and prominent resi- 
/4\^ dents of Meredith, was b,)rn in this 
town, Juner,, 1834, .son of Philip and Maitha 
(Shaw) Clough. His grandfather, Philip 
Clougli (first), was a native of Canterbury, 
N.H. Philip Clough (second), also a native 
of Canterbury, born in 1799, was educated in 
a ilistrict school and brought uj) on a farm. 
When a young man he bought a piece of agri- 
cultural property in Meredith, where he tilled 
the soil successfully for many years. In poli- 
tics he was originally a Whig; but later he 
united with the Republican j.arty. Ot a 
studious turn, he was an extensive reader and 


WL-U iiitnmicd upon all cmrcnt topics. Subse- 
quently, having had the misfortune to lose his 
slight, the last four or five years of his life 
were jjassed with his son, .Aaron S. ; and he 
dieil July 27, iS.S-. He married Martha Shaw, 
a native of Meredith, and a daughter of Sam- 
uel and Louisa (Sanborn) Shaw, of Chiches- 
ter, Merrimack County, the former of whom 
died when his daughter was very young. She 
became the mother of three children — Martha 
S. , Aaron S. , and John II. John is no longer 
living. Martha .S. , who has been three times 
married, is now the wife of ICli Hunker, of 
New Hampton, N.II. Iler first husband was 
Ezra Avery, of Camjiton, X.H., by whom she 
had one child. Aaron S. Clough's mother 
died May 29, 1886. Roth jiarents were origi- 
nally members of the Free Baptist church, but 
in their later years they united with the Sec- 
ond Advent ists. 

Aaron Sanborn Clough began his education 
in the district schools and advanced by attend- 
ing the Xew Hampton Institute. After com- 
pleting his studies, he taught school for some 
time. He then engaged in the cattle business, 
buying and selling both cattle and hogs, and 
making Brighton, Mass., his headquarters. 
He travelled through New York State and 
Canada, and as far west as Chicago; and he 
became well known in the cattle trade. Dur- 
ing the Rebellion, he was employed upon a 
hosjiital steamer on the Potomac River, but 
was forced to lea\e that service on account of 
failing health. In 1866 he bought a farm in 
Hammonton, N.J., which, after raising fruit 
on it for two years, he sold again. Resuming 
his former business of buying and selling 
cattle, he continued it for a short time, and 
then was engaged in the meat business in Bos- 
ton for two years. Returning to Meredith, he 
opened a meat and provision store and carried 
it on successfidly for some years. In 1890 he 

commenced to take summer boaiders, which 
business has so increased since as to make it 
impossible for him to entertain all who desire 
accommodations at his pleasant home. He 
carries on general farming with profit, supply- 
ing his table with dairy and garden products. 
Possessing considerable inventive genius, he 
has patented several useful implements, among 
which are a grain sieve, a moulding board for 
school use, and an improved jjlough. He wns 
one of the original members of the defunct 
Know Nothing party in Meredith, and was one 
of the three persons who canvassed the town 
when the Republican party was organized 
here. While he has never sought ofifice, he 
has been a member of the Schof)] Board, and 
was one of the commissioners who directed the 
building of the water-works, which rank among 
the best in this State. 

On February 15, 1S52, Mr. Clough was 
joined in marriage with Ellen N. Knowles, 
daughter of Joseph Knowles, of Moultonboro, 
N. H. Bessie M. Clough, the only child of 
the union, died in September, 1892, aged fif- 
teen )-ears. Mr. Clough was made a Mason 
in Mount Lebanon Lodge of Laconia, N.IL, 
and was demitted to Chocorua Lodge, of Alere- 
dith. He is particularly interested in the 
development of the public library, of which he 
has been trustee and a member of the commit- 
tee on the selection of books. A considerable 
share of his time is devoted to biblical study. 

Mrs. Clough is a member of the P'ree Baj)- 
tist church, and he attends it and is a teacher 
in the Sunday-school. 

ON. GEORGI-: H. ]-:vi:Ri:T'r, jus- 

of the Police Court of Laconia, 
a well-known public man of 
Belknap County. Born in Boston, Mass., 
September 5, 1833, a son of George and 

'^9 -ifcv- 





Sarali (I'.lms) I'.vcrctt, he is uf the same st.ick 
as luhvaid I':verelt, who was a distant cmiiiec- 
tiuii (if his father. 

His grandfather, Aaron Iwerett, was one of 
the early l)Utchers of lirighton, Mass., remov- 
ing tiiere from W'atertown ; and his father, 
(icorge Everett, son of Aaron, was horn in 
Watertovvn, Mass., in 1799. George l^verett 
in liis early years a]>plied himself to his 
studies, and prepared for college with a view 
to adopting a profession, hut changed his jjlans 
and went into trade, winning his first e.xperi- 
enee in a grocery store; and he was suhse- 
quently engaged in the sale of wall papers on 
Washington Street, Boston, until 1835. After 
that he spent a numher of years on a farm in 
Chester, N.H., owning there an estate of fifty 
acres, which yielded a comfortable income. 
He sold his farm in 1870, and removed to 
Methuen, Mass., where he died at the age of 
seventy-six. His first wife, Sarah Mlms, who 
was a native of Boston, dietl when her son, 
(ieorge H., was two years old, leaving, besides 
him, two little daughters. The father subse- 
cpiently married Ruth I.. Underbill, of Ches- 
ter, N. II., who bore him five children, three 
girls anil two boys. She also has passed 

George H. Everett, having accpiired his 
primary education in 15oston, attended school 
in Chester, N. H., and was graduated at the 
Brighton, Mass., High School. As a young 
man he was employed for about two years as 
clerk in a grocery and provision store in Bos- 
ton, and then went on the road as travelling 
salesman for the wholesale fancy goods house 
of L. S. Leonard & Co., taking orders in the 
Western States and part of New England. In 
1869 he purchased Willard's Hotel in Laconia, 
and until 1882 he managed a successful hotel 
business with livery in connection. He after- 
wartl leased the hotel for f(jur years, but event- 

ually converted it into a private residence for 
himself, and now makes his home here. Judge 
r.verett is now in the general insurance busi- 
ness, representing tlie Royal Liveriiool, the 
Orient of Hartford, Conn., the iMtchburg 
Mutual, the Cheshire Mutual, the Traveler's 
Life and Accident, the United Firemen's of 
Philadeliihia, and the American Eire Insur 
ance Company of Boston, and other well- 
known insurance companies. As a clear- 
headed, capable business man, he was one of 
the five chosen to form a building committee 
for the Ma.s.niic Temple. 

In 1S72 he was united in marriage with 
Miss Sarah F. Gray, of Jackson, N. II., a lady 
of taste and ability, who has managed a suc- 
cessful millinery business since 1868. 

Judge ]'>erett cast his first Presidential 
ballot for John C. iMemont in 1856, and has 
been loyal to the Reimblican party ever since. 
He was appointed High Sheriff of Belknap 
County by Cheney, July ]8, 1876, 
and served until 1880; was Associate Judge 
of the Laconia Police Court from April 9, 
1892, to May 22, 189s; and since the latter 
date has presided efficiently as Justice of the 
Police Court. He was City Collector of 
Ta.xes in 1893 and 1894. 

Judge Everett has held all the chairs in 
Mount Lebanon Lodge, No. t,2, A. V. ik 
A. M., Union Chapter, R. A. M., No. 7, and 
Pythagorean Council, No. 6, Royal and Select 
Masters; was elected to the Grand Council, 
and was Grand Master of State two years ; has 
been treasurer of Pilgrim Commandery, K. T. , 
since it started ; and belongs to lulward A. 
Raymond Consistory, of Nashua (thirty-second 
degree). As a member of the order of the 
Eastern Star, he has jjresided as Grand Patron 
of the State. He has held all the chairs in 
Aurora Lodge, No. 708, Knights of Honor, 
has served as Grand Dictator of the State, and 


was rciiresciitativc t«i the Supicnn; Lodge two 
years; and he has held all the chairs in Mnter- 
jirise L.ulge, No. 452, Knights and Ladies of 

Honor. He has heen a nieniljer of Anioskeag 
\'etei-ans of Manchester, X.H., for about 
twenty years. It is needless to say that he is 
a very popular member of society. The Judge 
is one of the trustees of the l-Mrst Unitarian 
Church of Laconia. 

tLU;USTI\"l-: S. PARSHLKY, a prom- 
inent insurance and real estate man 
^^ ^ of Rochester, was born June 21, 
i,S4(), in the town of Strafford, Strafford 
County, son of John W. and ALary A. (Loss) 
I'arshley, both of whom were natives of Straf- 
ford. The father spent his life in that town, 
where he followed both farming and carpen- 
try, lie was an active Free Soiler, but would 
accept no political office. Both parents died 
at the age of fifty-eight years, and both were 
esteemed members of the Free Will Baptist 
church. They had five children, namely: 
Charles, who died in infancy; John 1)., who 
died in 1894, at Rochester; Sarah J., who 
married A. C. Hall, and lives with him in 
Georgetown, Mass.; George C. , a resident of 
Haverhill, Mass. ; and Augustine S., the sub- 
ject of this sketch. 

Augustine S. I'arshley remained at home 
and worked with his father on the farm and at 
the carjienter's trade until after the breaking 
out of the Civil War. In August, 1862, he 
enlisted for three years in Company F, of the 
Thirteenth New Hampshire Regiment, and 
afterward served until June, 1865, during 
which time he was promoted to the rank of 
l-'irst Corporal. At the battle of Fredericks- 
burg, he received wountls that prevented his 
resuming his place in his regiment for about 
a year, the time being spent in different hos- 

pitals. When once more fit for service he 
was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Cor[)S, 
and with them was in the defences of Wash 
ington. At the close of the war, he returned 
to his home in Strafford, and was engaged in 
carpentry for a time. In 1870 he came to 
Rochester and opened an insurance office, 
which he has jirosperously conducted since. 
At jiresent he represents twenty-one of the 
leading insurance companies of the country, 
and is doing a large business. He is also 
considerably interested in real estate, and has 
been the secretary and treasurer of the Roches- 
ter Building and Loan Association since its 
organization in 1891. 

In April, 1866, Mr. I'arshley married Miss 
Lllen Buzzell, of Strafford. By her he has 
three children, namely: Lillian F. , living at 
home, who is librarian of the Rochester Li- 
brary; Charles A., who is associated with his 
father in the insurance business; and MaryL., 
also living with her parents. Mr. I'arshley 
is a stanch Republican. In 1883 he was a 
Representative to the State legislature. In 
1873 he was elected Chairman of the Board of 
Selectmen, and subsequently re-elected con- 
tinuously mitil 1882. For a part of that time 
he was Town Treasurer. Of the twelve hun- 
dred votes cast at the time of his re-election 
in 1875, he received all but forty-five. In 
18S4 he was again elected Chairman of the 
Board of Selectmen to serve for tw(j years. 
Though repeatedly urged, he has declined to 
accept the nomination for Mayor. An item 
of his services that won him much favor with 
the people, was the fact that, although he 
found the town burdened with a war debt of 
si.\ty-two thousand dollars in 1873, when he 
relinquished its treasurership it had been en- 
tirely freed from debt without a special api)ro- 
[iriation, antl it had some money to its credit. 
Mr. I'arshley belongs to Motolinia Lodge, 


No. 1 8, I. O. O. F. ; to Humane Lodge, No. 
2 1, A. F. & A. M. ; to Temple Chapter, No. 
20, K. A. M. ; to Runnaawitt Tribe, No. 9, 
Improved Order of Red Men; and to Samp.son 
Tost, No. 18, Grand Army of the Republic, 
all of Rochester. He i.s a member of the 
Free Will church. 

M.D. , a [irominent physician of Mere- 
dith, was born in this town, Ajiril 14, 
i8r,i, son of William IT and Helen M. 
(iMiiery) Hawkins. H is grandfather was Ste- 
phen Hawkins, a native of Holderness, N. H. 
Stephen Hawkins was engaged in agricultural 
liursuits until the breaking out of the Rebel- 
lion, when, in spite of his advanced age, he 
manifested his patriotism by enlisting in the 
lughth New Hampshire Regiment. Unfitted 
to bear the fatigue and exposure of army life, 
he died from disease contracted in the service. 
He married Jane li. I'laisted, whose father was 
a scddier in the Revolutionary War. She had 
si.\ children by him ; namel)', Clara, William 
H., Lorenzo, James, Melissa, and Jonathan. 

William H. Hawkins, born in Holderness 
in 1839, was educated in the district schools. 
After finishing his studies, he began to learn 
the shoemaker's trade. Before completing 
his apprenticeship, he enlisted as a jirivate in 
Company I, Twelfth Regiment, New Hamp- 
shire Volunteers, and died June 16, 1863, 
from wounds received in the battle of Chancel- 
lorsvillc. This second life given to defend 
the Union was sufficient evidence to prove that 
patriotism has been a characteristic of the 
Hawkins family. William H. Hawkins mar- 
ried Helen M. Emery, daughter of Jonathan 
Emery, of Meredith; and Frederick L., the 
subject of this sketch, is her only child. 

The education of Fretlerick Lewis Hawkins, 

begun in the common schools, was continued 
in the Meredith High School, and the Tilton 
Seminary. Being desirous of entering the 
medical profession, his evenings and summer 
vacations were spent at a drug store, where he 
read some medical te.xt-books and obtained a 
good knowledge of drugs and chemicals. In 
1886 he graduated from the Jefferson Medical 
College, Philadelphia, where he completed his 
professional studies, having had the advantage 
of a course of clinical instruction in the col- 
lege hospital. It was not his original inten- 
tion to locate in Meredith; but while spending 
a vacation in his native town, his professional 
services were in such demand as to cause him 
to change his mind. He opened an office here 
then, and has remaineil in the town since. 
His skill and reliability have gained for him 
a wide reputation throughout this section, and 
his regular practice extends over a radius of 
eight or ten miles. He is a member of the 
.\ew Hampshire Medical .Society, and a Coun- 
sellor of the Winnepcsaukee Academy of Med- 
icine. In politics he is a Democrat, but not 
a partisan. He was elected Town Clerk in 
1894, serving until 1897, and he has been a 
member of the Board of Education for eleven 

On October 19, 1889, Ur. Hawkins was 
united in marriage with Geneva Moses, 
daughter of Thaddeus Moses, nf Meredith, and 
now has three children — Helen, Ruth, and 
Marguerite. He was made a Mason in Cho- 
corua Lodge in 1887, of which he was subse- 
quently Worshipful Master for three years. 
He is connected with Iielknap Lodge, 
I. O. O. F. , is Past Chancellor of Meredith 
Lotlge, Knights of P)-thias, and was formerly 
First Lieutenant of William H. Hawkins 
Camp, Sons of Veterans. He attends the 
Baptist church, of which Mrs. Hawkins is a 


§AMI':S FRANK ROHI-'.KTS, who owns 
and occu|iics the old Roberts homestead 
on Meredith Neck, within the township 
ol Meredith, was liorn November 7, 1S53, in 
the house where he now resides, son of Thomas 
and Nancy C. (WigKin) Roberts. Jioth of 
iiis paternal families are well known in this 
town, and representatives of each are jirosper- 
oiis and useful citizens of Meredith. His 
grandfather, Leavitl Roberts, was a pioneer 
farmer of the town. Thomas Roberts was 
born in Meredith, September 11, 1.S12. In 
his younger days he was a stone-cutter in 
()uincy, Mass., and later was engaged in farm- 
ing, lie died, December 1, 18S6, upon the 
faini where his son, Oren N., now resides. 
His wife Nancy became the mother of four 
children, namely: Oren N., the Supervisor of 
Roads in Meredith; George Smith Roberts, a 
resident of Chicago; Kben Fisk, of Medford, 
Mass. ; and James V., the subject of this 
sketch. l'"or an account of Mr. Roberts's ma- 
ternal ancestry the reader is referred to a 
sketch of Oren N. Roberts, which appears 
elsewhere in this work. 

James Frank Roberts acquired such an edu- 
cation as was afforded by the public school 
system of his day, and, with the exception of 
two summers, his whole life has been spent at 
the homestead. His farm contains fifty-three 
acres, all of which is under cultivation, and 
it yields large crops of general farm products. 
On December 23, 1893, Mr. Roberts mar- 
ried Mrs. Avis E. (Shattuck) Ferry, daughter 
of the Rev. Calvin S. Shattuck, an evangelist 
of the Second Adventist faith. Mr. Shattuck 
has resided in Pittsfield, N.H., for many 
years. He married Phillis Gray, who bore 
him four children, of whom three are living. are: the Rev. Frank Shattuck, of Roch- 
ester, N.H.; Avis 1<^, who is now Mrs. Rob- 
erts; and the Rev. Charles \V. Shattuck, of 

Lakeport, N.H. In politics Mr. Roberts is a 
Democrat. He is a member of W'innepesau- 
kee Grange, I'atrcms if Ilusbanclr)-. 

F\NIC D. RANDALL, a .successful 
farmer of Lee, Strafford County, N.H., 
was born on the fiirm which he now 
owns and occupies, August 27, 1853, son of 
John and Mary J. (Demerritt) Randall. 

His great-grandfather, Simon Randall, the 
earliest known ancestor, settled on this farm 
in the year 1700. Simon, grandfather of 
Frank D. , was also engaged in farming most 
of his life. 

John, son of Simon Randall (second), was 
born on the homestead in 1S21. He and his 
wife Mary were the parents of seven children; 
namely, Francis, Israel, Iilllen, Martha, I<"rank 
D. , Amanda, and Herbert, of whom Israel and 
Herbert are now deceased. Mr. Randall spent 
his whole life on the farm, and was a highly 
esteemed citizen. He contributed liberally 
to the support of the church. His death oc- 
curred in May, 1S75. 

Frank D. Randall acquired a good prac- 
tical education, attending the common school, 
Coe\s Academy, and Manchester Commercial 
School. On the death of his father, he re- 
turned home and took charge of the homestead. 
Its present flourishing condition attests his 
knowledge of agriculture as well as his prac- 
tical business ability. He owns one hundred 
and seventy-five acres of laml, and carries on 
general farming. 

In September, 1877, Mr. Randall was 
united in marriage with Laura A. Chesley, of 
Durham, N.H. They have one son, John L. 
Mr. Randall belongs to the Republican party, 
and had the honor to serve as Representative 
to the legislature in 1 8g6, winning his elec- 
tion against a strong Democratic ticket. 


LONZO ri'RKINS, well kiitiwn as a 
thrifty farmer and the proprietor of 
summer boarding-house in Centre 
Harbor, was born in liis present home, July 
23, 1.S32, son of Timothy and Sally (Jones) 
Perkins. His grandfather, Lemuel Perkins, 
who was born in 1751, was a prosi)erous farmer 
of Strafford, N H. 

Timothy Perkins was also a nati\'e of Straf- 
ford, born September 11, 1789. He was edu- 
cated in the district schools and at Lincoln 
Academy, and after the completion of his 
studies he taught school for several winter 
terms. His summers were passed at the home 
farm until after his marriage, when he settled 
upon a tract of wild land in Holderness, 
N.H., which he cleared and improved. After 
residing here for some years, he sold the prop- 
erty and bought the farm in Centre ILarbor 
where his son now resides. The rest of his 
life was spent in this town, and he died P"eb- 
niary i, 1881. He was one of the pillars of 
the local Democratic party organization in his 
day, and his influence was felt in all its move- 
ments. He served as a Selectman for eighteen 
years; was the Chairman of that body for the 
greater part of that time; was 'I'own 'I'reasurer 
a number of years; represented Centre Harbor 
in the legislature for three terms, and was a 
Justice of the Peace for about forty years. 
He was noted throughout this section as an 
auctioneer, and also did a great deal of busi- 
ness before the Probate Court, settling many 
estates. His wife, Sally, was born in Straf- 
ford, January 8, 1795, daughter of John Jones, 
who was an industrious farmer and quite an 
e.\tensive landowner. She became the mother 
of nine children, eight of whom are living, 
namely: William J., a resident of Centre 
Harbor; limeline R., now a widow; Paul, 
who resides in Ashland; John S. , of Holder- 
ness; George S. , of Lakeport ; Ebenczer F., 

now deceased; Alonzo, the subject of this 
sketch; Timothy, who died in infancy; and 
Charles H., also deceased. Gooding Piper, 
who was the husband of Kmeline R., enlisted 
in Company L Twelfth Regiment, New Hamp- 
shire Volunteers, and died while serving in 
the late war. Mrs. Timothy Perkins died 
March 25, 1867. 

Alonzo Perkins acquired a public school 
education. At the age of nineteen he went 
to Lowell, Mass., where he learned the 
mason's trade. Subseciuently he followed 
that calling until 1 8G6, when his mother's 
illness caused him thereafter to remain at the 
homestead. After her death he concluded to 
engage in agricultural pursuits, which he has 
since followed; and he eventually succeeded 
to the ownership of the inoperty. His farm 
contains eighty acres of fertile land, twenty- 
five of which are under cultivati(jn. He win- 
ters an average of eight head of cattle. In 
1890 he began to entertain summer boarders, 
having accommodations for sixteen at one 
time. His pleasant house is now well patron- 
ized during the heated term. 

On April 7, 1857, Mr. Perkins married 
Henrietta C. Keyser, daughter of Nathaniel 
Keyser, of Shirley, Mass. He has one daugh- 
ter, Carrie Etta, now the wife of Ned R San- 
born, of Meredith. In politics he is a Demo- 
crat. He was a Selectman for two years, Ta.\ 
Collector and Highway Surveyor for a number 
of terms, was a delegate to the Constitutional 
Convention; and he has been Town Clerk for 
the past four years. Mrs. Perkins is a mem- 
ber of the Free Will Paptist church. 

'ajmull, k. di<:mkritt, a 

armer of Lee, St 

was born in Tult. 

N.H., October 1 8, 




son of Kdmrnul and Luis (DcmLTi 
lie removed to Wollhoio, in ihc 
when he was Init ei<;ht years 
Ihere acquired his education i 
private scliools, reniainint;' nnti 
iiood. In 1S54 he left the chai 
of Lake Winnepesaukee, and 
where he was eniplo\ed hy his 1 

t) Denieritt. 
lanie county, 
)f age, and 
public and 
early man- 
ling scenery 
me to Lee, 
clc, Andrew 

des. Six 

tiie farm wliere he now 
ths later he went to L.oston, 
Mass., being engaged for five months there- 
after in the commission business in that city, 
(ining then to Dover, N.II., he worked three 
years in the shoe factories there, subsequently 
returning to Lcc, where he has since resided. 
Mr. Denieritt own.s one hundred and ninety 
acres of land, and successfully carries on a 
general farming and dairy business. In poli- 
tics he supports the princiides of tiie Demo- 
cratic party. In iSSi he had the honor to 
serve his party and the town of Lee as Rep- 
resentative to the legislature. 

()n September 13, i860, Mr. Dcmeiitt was 
united in marriage with Lucy A. Dockum, of 
W.dfboro, X.H. ' 

retired business man of Meredith, was 
born June 22, 1.S27, at Centre Harbor, 
N.II., son of Ward Cotton and Lucetta 
(Dalton) Stuitevant. His great-grandfather, 
Church Sturtevant, who was a native of Hali- 
fax, Mass., and a pioneer settler in Centre 
Harbor, reared several sons, one of whom, 
Hosea Sturtevant, served as a soldier in the 
Revolutionary War. Joseph Sturtevant, 

grandfather of Josiah T., was born in Halifax 
in 1770. When fourteen years old he accom- 
[lanied his jiarents to New Hampshire, and 
settletl with lliem upon a tract of wild land at 
Centre Harbor. At that time there were but 

two small houses and a gristmill upon the 
site of the present city of Laconia. (Juite a 
settlement had sjjrung up at what is known as 
Meredith Parade, however; but the town of 
Meredith contained only two farm houses, a 
grist-mill, and a dugout that served as the 
abode of the miller. The farm wliich Joseph 
Sturtevant assisted in reclaiming from the 
wilderness eventually fell to him, am! he 
resided there for the rest of his life. He 
married Dorothy Towle, and reared three chil- 
dren—Ward C, KIsie, and Olive. I'lsic 
married Jonathan Clarke, of Moultonboro ; 
and Olive became the wife ot James Jackson, 
of luiton, X.H. The father was a Whig in 
p(ditics; while Ijoih he and his family be- 
longed to the Congregational ist church. 

Ward Cotton Sturtevant, the father of Jo- 
siah T. Sturtevant, born at Centre Harbor in 
1798, was reared at the homestead, succeeded 
to its owncrshiji after his father's death, and 
followed general farming during tlie rest of 
his active period. In i)olitics he suppoited 
the Whig party. He was one of the organ- 
izers of the Congregational church at Centre 
Harbor, and served it as a Deacon for many 
years. Ward C. Sturtevant died in 1879. 
His wife Lucetta, a daughter of Joseph Dalton, 
of Deerfield, N.H., became the mother of five 
children; namely, Julia A. , Josiah T. , Mar- 
tha, Henry, and Mary. Julia A., now de- 
ceased, became the wife of Z. C. True, 
of Centre Harbor. Martha is the wife of 
William Gordon, of Boston. Henry is resid- 
ing at the old homestead; and Mary died at 
the age of two years. The mother lived to the 
age of seventy-seven years. 

Josiah Towle Sturtevant acquired his educa 
tion in the schoids of Centre Harbor and 
Meredith. At the age of fourteen he began to 
learn the blacksmith's trade, which he subse- 
quently followed for seven years. During the 



succeed i lit; tlircc yciits he was eiiiplciN'ed in a 
piano factory as a painter and vaniisiier. In 
iS5,S, while visitiiiij; at the homestead, he met 
a travelling photographer, who had a studio 
upon wheels. On finding that the migratory 
artist was desirous of selling out, l\Ir. Sturte- 
vant honght the entire outfit, and after receiv- 
ing a little instruction started in the business 
for himself. A short time later he went to 
Concord, where he obtained a more practical 
knowledge of the business. After this he 
continued to mo\'e about with his trax'elling 
studio between Centre Harbor and Meredith 
until iSfiO, when he, in turn, found a pur 
chaser for the outfit. He then erected a per- 
manent gallery in Meredith, where he re- 
mained continuously until 1804. In this year 
he began to pass his winters in I.aconia. He 
continued in the iihotograiih business until 
failing health caused him to relinquish it in 
1867, and after his recovery he was employetl 
in a drug store in this town for Ihiee \'c;irs. 
Since 1870 he has carried on tpiite an exten- 
sive business in real estate. lie also deals in 
.sewer \npc, being the onl)' one to liandle that 
article north of Laconia. 

Some time ago, after having ac(|uiie(l con- 
sidei'able projjeity, Mr. Towle retired from 
active occupation. He is connected with 
VVinnepcsaukee Lodge, I. O. O. Iv, of La- 
conia, and with Winneiiesaukee ('.range. 
Patrons of Husbandry. In politics he is a 
Republican. On September Kj, 1S71, he 
wcdde.l Mary A. IVrley, daughter of Dr. J. L. 
i'erley, of Laconia. 

son of William and {•.lizabeth 
(Drake) Lathro],, came to Dover, 
N.IL, in May, 1 Sr.r,, and purchased and occu- 
pied his present residence, 16 St. John Street, 

where he has since devoted himself exclusively 

Conn., was through six generations the ances- 
tral home of the Lathrops, whose lineage 
reaches back unbroken over three lumdrrd and 
fifty years. In his a<lmirable •■Genealogical 
Memoir" of the Lo-Lathrop family, the Rev. 
!■:. H. Huntington, A.M., says : — 

"Lowthorpc is a small parish in the wapen- 
take of Dickering, in the Last Riding of 
\'ork, four and a h.alf miles north-cast from 
Great Driffield, having about one hundred and 
fifty inhabitants. It is a perpetual curacy in 
the archdeaconry of ^■ork. This jiarish gave 
the name to the family of Lowthrop, Lothrop, 
or Lathrop. The church, which was dedicated 
to St. Martin, and. had for one of its chap- 
lains, 111 the reign of Richard, the second 
Robert de Louthorp, is now parly ruinated, 
the towel- and chancel being almost entirel}- 
overgrown with ivy. It was a collegiate 
church from 1333, and from the style of its 
architecture must have been built about the 
time of lulward HI.," 131J-77. 

r'rom the many notices of the Lowthor|)es 
in that English parish we take this curious 
record: " 1 292 Walter de Lowthorpe is sum- 
moned to answer to the king, Edward I., for 
attempting to regulate the 'assize of beer' on 
all of hi.s tenants in Lowthorpe, and other 
places, without a license from the king." 

his uiupicstioned right "anent custom thro liis 
ancestors without interruption, beyond the 
memory of man." 

It was a descendant of this ancit-iit and 
honorable family, whose arrival in America is 
recorded on page seventy-one of Governor 
Winthro]i's journal, under date of September 
1 8, 1634: "The •Griffin' and another ship 

mg witl 

lundred pas- 

sengers, Mr. Lathrop and Mr Sims, two godly 


nnnistcrs, coming in the same ship." The 
Rev. John Lathrop, this "godly minister," 
who lied from tlie persecutions ot Laud, was 
widcomed by a little tlock, with whom later 
he founded the first church in liarnstable, 
Mass. The first home of Mr. Lathrop was 
small and uncomfortable, but in 1644 he oc- 
cupied a more substantial structure, the frame 
of which, after more than two hundred and 
fifty years, is not only still standing, but, ac- 
cording to a local historian, "is now, in its 
riMHOilelled form, one of the prettiest build- 
ings in the village, and is occupied for a jiar- 
sonage and a public library." Rev. John 
Lathrop was an independent thinker, a man 
"distinguished for worldly wisdom as well as 
for piety." 

iM-om him the subject of this sketch is in 
the eighth generation descended. His grand- 
father, the Rev. Rowland Lathrop, of Tolland, 
Conn., married Hannah Craft, sixth in descent 
Irom Lieutenant Griffin Craft, of Roxbury, 
I\Liss., emigrant from England in 1630, and 
for eight sessions delegate to the Massachu- 
setts General Court. His father, William 
Lathrop, who was born in 1806, and died in 
1S77, was a Christian gentleman of sterling 
worth and integrity, proprietor of land in Tol- 
l.uid, Conn., and of certain mill interests in 
l-:ilington. Conn. He married l':iizabeth 
Wolcott Drake, daughter of Francis Drake, of 
ICast Windsor, Conn., wdio died in her son's 

His grandfather on his mother's side was 
the daughter of Dr. Simon Wolcott, military 
surgeon through the Revolutionary War, 
whose father. Dr. Alexander Wolcott, was the 
son of Major-general Roger Wolcott, Gover- 
nor of Connecticut, brother of Major-general 
Oliver Wolcott, LL.D , Governor of Connect- 
icut, and signer of the Declaration of Inde- 
pendence; uncle of Major-general Oliver 

LL.D., Go\ 

)r of Con- 

Wolcott, se 

Dr. Lathrop is an alumnus of the academies 
of Wilbraham and Munson, Mass. He stud- 
ied medicine with Dr. Marshal Calkins, now 
of Springfield, Mass., late Professor of I'hysi- 
ology in the V'ermont Lhiiversity, and with 
the late Dr. G. M. Nichols, of Worcester, 
Mass., and graduated from the Worcester 
Medical College in 1852. The expenses of 
his education were met by his own exertions 
in manual labor and in teaching. 

In 1853 he married Elizabeth Habcock, 
widow of the Rev. S. S. Mathews, and daugh- 
ter of the Rev. William S. Babcock, of Har- 
rington, N.H., who was a graduate of "\'ale, 
she being a grand-daughter of Adam Babcock, 
of Boston, and great-grand-daughter of Judge 
Joshua Babcock of the Supreme Court of 
Rhode Island, a co-founder of Brown Univer- 
sity. By this marriage Dr. Lathrop assumed 
what has proved to be the very hapj^y relation 
of stepfather to the following named children: 
the now eminent musician, W, S. B. ^Lathcws, 
of Chicago: the late Lieutenant John W. 
Mathews, who in 1862, at the age of seven- 
teen, enlisted as private in the Twenty-first 
Iowa Infantry; the Rev. S. S. Mathews, who 
founded and for ten years was pastor of the 
Boylston Church, Boston, and is now pastor 
of the Hanover Street Congregational Church, 
Milwaukee, Wis. ; Martha A., widow of the 
late Dr. T. J. W. Pray, of Dover; and Mary 
E., wife of W. A. Burnap, Esq., of Iowa. 

In early professional life Dr. Lathrop had 
experience of the rougher side of country prac- 
tice, both among the hills of New England 
and on the prairies of upper Des Moines. 
There where the log stockade was still a ne- 
cessity against marauding Indians, two hun- 
dred miles from a railroad, in the now popu- 
lous and ever lovely Algona, he, with some of 


tlie choicest of homc-.scckcrs the ICast has sent 
out, lived fora short time the rude, Init health- 
ful, happy, life of the pioneer doctor. 

In July, 1863, Dr. Lathrop be,i;aii army ser- 
vice in the Nineteenth Iowa Infantry on a 
commission as Assistant Surgeon from (}over- 
nor Kirkvvood. In the followiui;- October he 
was promoted to be Sur<;eon, Fourth ICngi- 
neers "Corps d'Afrique," Colonel Charles 
L. Norton commanding. The designation 
of this regiment was later changed to Ninety- 
eighth U. S. C. I. and in the autumn of 1865 
was, by consolidation, merged in the .Sixty- 
eighth, whose surgeon, much against his 
inclination, he was ap]iointe<l to rejilace. 
]{y incessant care and effort, through many 
difficulties. Surgeon Lathrop succeeded in 
raising the sanitary condition of his regi- 
ment to the highest degree, and was informed 
from headquarters that its health record stood 
first in the department of the Gulf. During 
her husband's absence, Mrs. Lathrop, too, did 
efificient service for the soldiers as travelling 
agent of the N. W. Sanitary Commission, 
under the direction of its President, Mrs. 
Mary A. Livermore, whose intimate friend- 
ship she still enjoys. At Brashear City, La., 
Dr. Lathrop was for several months I'ost Sur- 
geon ; and at New Iberia, La., by app 
of General T. W. Sherman, he served 
Advocate of a General Court Martia 
trial of several capital cases. 

Through the winter and spring 
upon a complimentary ticket from Dc 
tuck, of Harvard Medical Schocd, he pursued 
clinical studies in Boston. 

In 1880 Dr. Lathrop went to luuope, and 
when in London, under the skilful guidance 
of a hospital attache-, made the tour of its hos- 
pitals, attending clinics of Lister, Bryant, and 
other celebrities. Accompanied by his wife, 
he has made the following excursions: in 1S86 


s Judge 

for the 

f 1 866, 

n Shat- 

to California; in 1887 to Washington, D.C., 
to the Ninth Triennial Meeting of the Inter- 
national Medical Association; in 1 88,S to 
I'uget Sound over the Canadian I'aeilic Rail- 
road; in 189J to Mexico, as member of tlu' 
American I'ublic Health y\ssociation. 

In 1850 Dr. Lathro|) joined the Tleasant 
Street Baptist Church of Worcester, Mass., 
and to this time has been a regular attendant 
and supporter of religious services. He is a 
Knight Templar of St. I'aul's Commandery, 
and a member of various other social orders, 
including the G. A. R. Of the Knights of 
ll.nior he has served as State Medical l{x- 
aminer. He has, however, in every other 
circle but medical persistently withheld him- 
self from the honors and duties of office. He 
is ex-President of the Dover and of the Straf- 
ford District Medical Societies. In June, 
1896, he was elected Vice-President of the 
New Hampshire Medical Society, which he 
had [M-eviously represented to various other 
medical societies, including the American and 
the Canadian. 

Dr. Lathrop's decision of thirty years ago to 
settle in Dover, though reluctantly taken in 
the face of strong attractions elsewhere, ami 
because of family sickness, has in its recollcc- 
tidii no regrets over the "might have beens " 
that are not more than offset by the retrosjiect 
of a very busy life and the beauty of its friend- 
ships. And now, after forty-five years" ex- 
perience of its toils and pleasures, he still 
pursues, with unabated vigor, the study and 
practise of his vocation coit auioic, ami with a 
satisfactory degree of substantial success. 

farmer of Centre Harbor, Belknap 
County, was born there, A|)ril 28, 
\l^^ son of John and Lavinia T. (Senterj 


Coe. The goncal 
to the sixteenth 

y <)t tlie family dates l^ack 
.Mitury. Robert Coe, the 
earliest paternal ancestor of whom there is any 
record, was born in Suffolkshire, luigland, in 
I Syf). In April, 1654, with his wife and 
three sons, Robert Coe sailed from Ipswich, 
Siiffolkshire, in tlie ship "' l-'rancis," and ar- 
rived at Boston in the following June. He 
settled in Watcrtown, Mass., where in the 
same year he was made a freeman. In 1635 
he and his family emigrated to Wethersficld; 
and there, as was the custom of the early set- 
tlers, they traded largely with the Indians. 
On October 30, 1640, in pursuance of a de- 
cision to divide the church society, owing to 
a dispute among its members that the church 
at VVatertown and Mr. Davenport, of New 
Haven, had fruitlessly tried to settle, Andrew 
Ward and Robert Coe, representing them- 
selves and about twenty other planters, pur- 
chased Reppowans (Stamford), of New Haven 
Colon)-, for the sum of thirty-three pounds. 
In 1643 a General Court was established at 
.Stamford, and Robert Coe, now one of the 
foremost men of the colonies, was appointed 
an assistant Juilge. Ne.xt year, in company 
with several other persons, he formed the first 
English settlement at Hempstead, Long Is- 
land. Eight years after, he removed to what 
is now called Newtown, Long Island, where 
lu- became Magistrate, and took a prominent 
jiart in all town affairs. P'our years later he 
was one of a party to establish a settlement in 
Jamaica, Long Island. The land occupied by 
the settlers was purchased of the Indians, 
March 21, 1656, and the certificate of pur- 
chase was signeil by Robert Coe and seventeen 
others. In 1659 he was appointed Magistrate 
of this town; and in May. 1664, he repre- 
sented Jamaica at the General Convention at 
Hartford, by which body he was appointed 
Commissioner for his town. Thereafter, 

until 1672, he continued to be one of the most 
prominent men in that district. 

Robert Coe, Jr., who was a nati\-e of Eng- 
land, liorn in 1627, and accompanied his father 
to America, settled in Stratford, Conn., and 
died in 1659. His only son, born in K'lSS, 
who grew to manhood in New Haven, at the 
age of thirty returned to Stratford, mar- 
ried Mary Hawley, became the father 
of ten children, and died in 1741. One of 
these children, Joseph Coe, born in ]C)Sf>, 
married Abigail Robinson, and died in 1754. 
Joseph Coe, Jr., born in 1713, married Han- 
nah Parmell, who, with her child, died in the 
following year. He contracted a second mar- 
riage in 1739 with Abigail Curtis, and died at 
Middlefield, Conn., in 1784, leaving ten chil- 
dren. These children were: James, Hannah, 
Abigail, Anne, Joseph, the Rev. Curtis, Eben- 
ezcr, Joel, Abigail, and Elisha. The Rev. 
Curtis Coe, grandfather of the subject of this 
sketch, was born July 21, 1750. After re- 
ceiving his education at Brown University, 
where he graduated in 1776, he was ordained 
at Durham, N.H., November i, 1786, and 
afterward preached in the Congregational 
church there for many years. He w-as honor- 
ably dismissed from the ministry in 1806, and 
died in 1829. His wife, whose maiden name 
was Anne Thompson, bore him eight children 
— Joseph, Abigail, Ebenezer, Polly, Curtis, 
Anne, John, and Benjamin. 

John Coe, who was born in Durham, No- 
vember 3, 1797, obtained his education in the 
common schools of the town, and worked for 
his brother in a country store until he was 
twenty years old. He then started in busi- 
ness for himself, and thereafter carried it on 
successfully for ten years. He ne.xt engaged 
in ship-building at Durham with his brother 
Joseph. This was in the early days of the 
temperance movement, when it was customary 



anion- ship-buihlcrs to serve liquor in the 
ship-yanl every day at eleven o'clock. The 
new firm, having decided to discontinue the 
practice, posted notices to that effect, but an- 
nouncini^ that in lieu of drink its money 
value would he atldeil to the pay of each man. 
The result was a strike, but Messrs. Coe 
Brothers secured new men from Portsmouth to 
fill the places of the strikers. A few years 
after his marriaj^e John Coe purchased of his 
father-inTaw the old Senter House, which he 
remodelled and improved in various ways. 
Later he left the Senter House in chart;e of 
his son Curtis, and leased the old Marlboro 
Hotel in Boston, which he conducted for many 
years. After this he went extensively into 
the real estate business in Boston. His wife, 
Lavinia, who came from Centre Harbor, bore 
him six children; namely, Curtis S., Annie 
L., John Lyman, l':ilen L. , Rufus L., and 
Daniel W. Curtis S. married Laura Merrill; 
Annie L. married Charles P. Towle; Ellen L. 
married S. J. Quimby, M. D. ; Rufus L. mar- 
ried M. J. Canney; and Daniel VV. married 
Fannie Ladd. The wife of John Coe was the 
daughter of Samuel M. and Lettice Alls 
(Bean) Senter, and she had three sisters and 
one brother. John Senter, one of the proprie- 
tors of Londonderry in I 7 19, was the first rep- 
resentative of the Senter family in Centre 
Harbor. He was of English birth, but he 
went from Long Island, New York, to Lon- 
donderry. His son Moses, of Centre Harbor, 
was the grandfather of Lavinia. In his 
younger days Mr. John Coe was a Democrat; 
but at the time of his death, Ai)ril 2, 1 86 1, 
he was a stanch Republican. He was ex- 
tremely active in politics, but had no time to 
fill public offices. 

Daniel VVadsworth Coe spent his boyhood 
in Centre Harbor, laying the f(nindation of his 
education in the public schools of this place. 

He subsequently attended Gilmanton Aca.l- 
cniy, Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., and 
the New Hampton Biblical Seminary and 
Literary Institute. He has always lived on 
the lionie farm, which he has successfully 
carried on since taking up the real work of 
life. He has given his attention chiefly to 
general farming. 

On July I, 1878, Mr. Coe married Miss 
Fannie Ladd, daughter of Seneca Ladd, of 
Meredith, N.H. Politically, he is a Repub- 
lican. In 1895 he was elected Selectman of 
the town, and was re-elected in 1S96. He is 
a pi'ominent member iif Garnet Hill Grange. 
The sterling qualities of his ancestors are 
repe;ited in Mr. Coe, who is a most public- 
spiritetl citizen and a very genial and hospita- 
ble man. 

SOHN DEMERITT, of Madbury, Straf- 
lord County, Sergeant-at-arms of the 
New Hampxshire Senate during the late 
session of the legislature (1897) is the worthy 
representative of substantial Colonial stock 
planted in the soil of the Granite State more 
than two hundred years ago. 

In ir)94 there came to the little town of 
Matlbury, then a parish in Dover, one KW ile 
Merit, who, according to tradition, was a 
Huguenot refugee, fleeing from France soon 
after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, 
and settling in the Isle of Jersey, where, as 
his will shows, being still e.xtant, he left an 
estate. He is supi)(.)sed to have tiescended 
from a Sa.xon thane of Somersetshire, 
Eadnoth, whose son was surnamed de Meriet, 
mention of whom is to be fouiul in ancient 
records of 1084 and i 140. .Sir John de 
Meriet, a descendant, was born in 13J8, and 
died in Calais, I"" ranee, in \}C>'); and his son, 
Thomas de Meriet, lived in Caen. P:ii de 
Merit seems to have been a man of great force 



of character cn-cmlcrcd by the stormy period 
in which he lived. Some of iiis descendants 
still preserve the l'"rcnch form of siiellint;- the 
name, but it is more c(jmmonly written De- 
merit or Demeritt. 

Kli de Merit had five sons, four of whom — 
namely, EH, John. William, and Job — mar- 
rieil ami had families. From them has sprung 
a race which is scattered throui;hout New Eng- 
land and other parts of the United States. 
One of the name and kin is the subject of the 
])resent sketch, John Demeritt, son of Ezra 
lulrick and (Demeritt) Demeritt, who 
traces his descent on both sides of the house 
through si.x generations. The paternal an- 
cestral line is as follows: first, Eli de Merit; 
secoml, I'^li, Jr.; third, Ebenczer; fourth, 
Jonathan, who married his cousin Deborah, 
daughter of Samuel Demeritt, his father's 
brother; fifth, I'lbenezer Thompson, who mar- 
ried Hannah Demeritt, daughter of Ebenezer, 
brother of Jonathan ; and si.xth, I^zra Edrick 
Demeritt. In the maternal line the second 
generation was represented by VA'i de Merit's 
son John; the third l^y Major John, known as 
"I'owtler Major": the fourth by another 
Major John: and the fifth by Mopley De- 
meritt, who married Abigail Snell, and was 
the father of Eouisa, the wife of Ezra Edrick 
Demeritt. There was a John Demeritt in the 
fifth generation in this line, Ilopley's brother, 
who died a young man : and one in the sixth, 
John \V., Ilopley's son. who died in child- 

John Demeritt, the si.xth of the name, who 
is thus shown to be of the seventh generation 
hdm the immigrant ancestor, was huvn in 
Madbury, August S, 1856, on the farm that 
was mostly ac(|uired by his grandfather, l^ben- 
ezer Thompson Demeritt. A portion of this 
land was also owned by his great-grandfather 
Jonathan, who inherited it from his father. 

I-lbenezer, its possession in the family thus 
covering a i)eriod of great length. The farm 
now consists of about two hundred acres of 
land, charmingly situated at the foot of 
Moharimet's Hill, so called from an Indian 
sagamore, who made it his stronghidd in the 
early part of the seventeenth century; and it 
stretches away, in beautiful and varied exjianse 
of field, meadow, and pasture, to another 
wooded height known as Beech Hill, which is 
the boundary between Madbury and the ad- 
joining town of Durham. The spot where the 
present house now stands, shaded by majestic, 
wide-spreading trees, marks the site of an old 
garrison which stood as a refuge in the jieril- 
ous times of Indian warfare, anti was called 
the "Tasker garrison" from the Taskett or 
Tasker family, who were the early settlers. 

Mr. Demeritt's father, Ezra Edrick De- 
meritt, was for many years one of the jMomi- 
nent and influential residents of this section 
of Strafford County, being widely known in 
all the surrounding towns, and an important 
factor in the agricultural interests of Mad- 
bury, where his death occurred June 26, 
1890, at the age of si.xty-five years. He was 
a firm adherent of the Republican party, and 
served in various ofificial capacities, being a 
member of the State legislature in 1861 and 
1862, Postmaster three years. Justice of the 
Peace several terms; Selectman and Town 
Clerk twenty years, besides holding many 
offices of minor importance. He was a man 
of great political sagacity, and was well versed 
in all the im.pending questions of national and 
local importance, being a deep reader, ami 
|)ossessing sound judgment and a [lenetrative 
mind. He married May 30, 1855, Louisa 
Maria Demeritt, who is a woman of individual 
worth and character. To tiiem were born two 
children — John and Jennie Mabelle. The 
daughter is now a library assistant at the Bos- 


ton AtliciKcum, ami tin: nKJther resides at the 
Matlbury home. 

Mr. Demeritt's ij;reat-great-graiKlfather on 
the mate'rnal side, Major John Demeritt of 
Revolutionary fame, was one of the [tarty of 
patriotie men who went by boat ficim Durham 
to aid in securing the ammunition at l-'ort 
William and Mary in December, 1774. The 
account of the capture of the fort is too well 
known to need repetition. Certainly it was a 
brave act on the part of each man, as all im- 
jjerilled their lives in the attempt. It was a 
very important step, also, as seen now in the 
historic light of over one hundred years; for it 
was the first armed resistance against Great 
Britain. The throwing overboard of the tea 
in Boston Harbor and the burning of the 
"Gaspee" in Narragansett Hay were prior to 
this; but in those exploits no arms were used 
openly and in warlike manner, as was done at 
the fort. The little party from Durham re- 
turned safely with their spoils, which con- 
sisted of guns, balls, and powder, most of the 
Latter being taken up the Piscataqua and 
Oyster Rivers, and secreted at first under the 
Durham meeting-house, which stood directly 
on the bank of Oyster River. Owing to the 
accessibility of the place, as the river then 
was a thoroughfare for crafts of all kinds, it 
was thought unsafe; and Major Demeritt re- 
moved it to his own premises in Madbury. 
There he had a magazine constructed, where it 
remained several months, until in that event- 
ful June, 1775, it being needed by the forces 
in Massachusetts, he took the most of it there 
himself in an o.x cart, arriving in season for 
the battle of Bunker Hill, thus rendering an 
important service to the country at a critical 
time. Some of this ammunition has been 
jireserved and passed down as a precious heir- 
loom to the present John, who has been so 
ijeuerous as to iiresent a few balls from his 

little hoartl to the New Hampshire Historical 
Society, and a few to the Massachusetts His- 
torical Society, at whose rooms of exhibition 
they may be seen. It was doubtless in recog- 
nition of his gallant services that the Fourth 
I'rovincial Congress at lixeter voted, Novem- 
ber 9, 1775, "that Captain John Demeritt be 
h'irst Major of the Second Regiment of mili- 
tia in this colony" (New Hampshire Pro- 
vincial Papers, vol. vii. p. 655). Thirty- 
three years afterward Major Demeritt's son 
John was appointed l-'irst Major in the 
Twenty-fifth Regiment, receiving his cou)- 
mission from Governor John Langdon. 

The seat of the John branch of the family, 
and the place on which the jjowder was so 
carefully stored, is situated about one-half 
mile from the ancestral home on the paternal 
side. This land was acquired in 1698 by Kli, 
and was given, as shown by his will, dated in 
1739, to his second son, John, who was the 
father of Major John Demeritt, Sr. It is now 
in possession of three daughters of Hopley 
Demeritt; namely, Louisa^ Mr. John De- 
meritt's mother, and her sister IClizabeth 
(Mrs. John C. Hanson), and Miss Abbie Jane 
Demeritt, who still reside there. For a 
period of a little over fifty years previous to 
this time, it was held by Mrs. Abigail Snell 
Demeritt, whose husband, Hopley Demeritt, 
died at an early age. She was a woman of 
rare ability and industry, and during her long- 
stretch of useful years — for she reached the 
advanced age of ninety-one — she was noted 
for her many good qualities of heart and mind. 
Under her skilful management the farm in- 
creased greatly in productiveness and value. 
It is an undulating tract of about two bundled 
and fifty acres of land, of great beauty and fer- 
tility. There are broati fields, in a remote 
I corner of one of which the mortal remains of 
I all the early Johns peacefully sleep in the oUl 


family burial-grouiul. Hills gently rise iti 
every direction, and the house itself stands 
on an eminence conmianding an extensive 
view of all the surrounding country. A part 
of the i)resent large mansion is the original 
house, which in external appearance, as well 
as its anti(]ue furniture, testifies of its age antl 
historic worth. 

Mr. Demeritt began life with good educa- 
tional advantages, as, after leaving the ilistrict 
school in his boyhood, he was sent first to 
the academy at Northwood Centre, thence to 
Phillips Academy, Andover, ]\Iass., after 
which he finished his studies at New London, 
X. II. On leaving school, Mr. Demeritt ac- 
cepted a position with the Boston & Maine 
Railroad Comijany, becoming station agent at 
Madbury and likewise serving in various ca- 
l)acities. Here he proved himself so thor- 
oughly trustworthy and able that in 1890 he 
was promoted to the office of city passenger 
and ticket agent in Boston, where he dis- 
charged his duties with the same fidelity and 
precision that marked his i)revious record, 
continuing there until his resignation in 
1895, after continuous service with the com- 
pany for seventeen years. 

In politics Mr. Demeritt invariably sup- 
ports the principles of the Republican party. 
In 1S.S7 he represented the town in the State 
legislature, where he distinguished himself in 
the memorable contest of railroad factions, by 
his faithful labor in his adopted cause. Since 
then he has attended every session of the 
legislature in the interest of railroad legisla- 
tion; and during the last session (1S97) he 
filled the office of Sergeant-at-arms of the 
Senate with his usual activity, earnestness, 
and etficiency. Mr. Demeritt has always 
made the ancestral place at .Madbury his home, 
and at present he spends much of his time 
there. -Standing as the only male rei)resenta- 

tive of two long li 
his many friends 
future endeavors. 

of a race so noteworthy, 
sh him success in all 

K X I G H T , of Laconia, I'.elknap 
County, X.H., has won success in 
business, distinction in politics, and popular- 
ity in society. Son of Edwin Perry and Eliz- 
abeth W. T. (\'aughan) Knight, he was born 
on October 13, 1847, in Hanover, Grafton 
County, this State. Mr. Knight conies of 
patriotic stock, and numbers among his ances- 
tors several of the early colonists of New 
England. His great-grandfather, William 
Knight, and that gentleman's brtJther were 
Revolutionary soldiers, the latter receiving a 
captain's commission for conspicuous gallantry 
on the bloody field of Bennington. William 
Knight, who served throughout the Revolu- 
tion, was one of the Massachusetts contingent 
in the Continental army. He removed from 
Worcester, Mass., to Hanover, X.H., in 
1808; and the homestead which he established 
was subsequently occupied by his son Will- 
iam, Jr., and his grandson, Edwin Perry, and 
was the birthplace of his great-grandson, 
William P., the direct subject of this sketch. 
William Knight had a family of eleven chil- 

William Knight, Jr., was born in Worces- 
ter. .Mass. His active mature years were 
spent in cultivating the farm in Hano\er, 
N.H. There he died January 28, i860, aged 
seventy-two. His wife, Avis Ladd, to whom 
he was married January 24, 181 5, was born in 
Haverhill, N.H. She was a descendant of 
Daniel I^add, who came to this country in the 
"I\Liry and John " of London, Robert Sayers, 
master, in 1633 or 1634, and settletl in Ips- 
wich, Mass., in 1637, being granted six acres 



of laiul there, on whicli he erected a ilvvellhig. 
He subsequently lived lor a short time in 
Salisbury; and later he was one ol the tirst 
settlers of Pentucket, now Haverhill, Mass., 
where also he had a land grant. He was ex- 
tensively engaged in farming, and he built the 
lirst saw-mill in I'entucket. In local affairs 
he was a leader, hoUling many offices of trust. 
His son Daniel was killed by the Indians, 
l-'ebruary 22, 1698; and the second Daniel 
Ladd's son, Daniel, Jr., was taken prisoner by 
the savages, and carried to Penacook, where 
he was held for several years. Soon after 
reaching Penacook he escaped, but was re- 
taken by the savages, and, bound hand and 
foot for fourteen days, was subjected to the 
most excruciating tortures, gunpowder being 
poured into his wounds. The scars of these 
wounds always remained. He finally made 
good his escape, and returned to Haverhill. 
His son John was Mrs. Avis Ladd Knight's 
father. Mrs. Knight ilied March 26, ICS56, 
aged si.xty-eight. She was the mcither of three 
children — lulwin Perry, John, and Francis, 
all now deceased. 

Iv.lwin Perry Knight was born in Hanover, 
August 15, 1S16. Thinking to qualify for 
the profession of medicine, he studied at Nor- 
wich University, but changed his plans, and 
turned his attention to farming and stock- 
raising. He owned some three hundred acres 
of land, and was very successful in his chosen 
pursuit. He was a Democrat, and a strong 
sup[)orter of Huchanan and Breckenridge. He 
tlied October 22. 1857. On April 17, 1S45, 
Mr. lulwin P. Knight was married to I-Hiza- 
l.etli W. T. Vaughan, daughter of Silas T. 
and Polly (Ingalls) Vaughan. She was born 
in Hanover, September 27, 1825. 

The Vaughan and Ingalls families figured 
conspicuously in Colonial times. To Will- 
iam Vaughan, of Portsmouth, N.H., son of 

Lieutenant Governor George Vaughan, history 
gives much credit for the capture of Louis- 
burg in 1745, as it was at his suggestion that 
the enterprise was undertaken. Captain Jabe^ 
Vaughan, who is thought to have been a con- 
nection of the Portsmouth Vaughans, and who 
was born, it is said, in Middlebury, Mass., in 
October, 1763, rendered long and valued ser- 
vice to his country at the time of the Revolu- 
tionary War. He died in June, 1S13. His 
son, Silas T., William I'". Knight's grand- 
father, was born August 28, 1797, and died 
April 20, 1S62; and Polly Ingalls, who be- 
came the wife of Silas T. Vaughan, was born 
April 8, 1797. The Ingalls family are a 
scholarly and refined race. In the history of 
Lynn, Mass., we find that the first known 
white settlers there were Edmund Ingalls and 
his brother Francis, who came from Lincoln- 
shire, England, to Lynn in 1629. The tle- 
scendants in the direct line to and including 
the grandmother of the subject of our sketch 
were: lulmund; Henry, born in 1656; Henry, 
born 1697; Joseph, born 1723; Luther, born 
1758; Polly Ingalls, born 1797. Mrs. l{liz- 
abeth W. T. Vaughan Knight died May 
4, 1872, aged forty -six years. She was the 
mother of five children: lulwin V. (deceased) ; 
William Franklin, the subject of this sketch; 
Charles E. (deceased), who owned an extensive 
sheep ranch in Kansas, and was ticket agent 
for the Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific Railroad 
at Moberly, Mo. ; luiima I{. ; and Myra V. 

William Franklin Knight was educated in 
the common schools of Hanover and at West 
Randolph Academy. In June, 1864, he en- 
tered the employ of Parker Brothers, of La- 
conia, general grocers, as clerk; and in 1867 
he was practically in control of the business. 
He eventually bought out the original firm, 
and in company with Mrs. Hull, under the 
firm name of W. P". Knight & Co., conducted 


:i lloiii-LsliiiiL;- for ten years. The fullow- 
iiiL^ ten years lie was sole proprietor, and then 
Mr. (ieori;c Tetreaii became his associate, the 
tirm name beconiinL; W. V. Kni-ht & Tetreau. 
Mr. Tetreau was succeeded by Mr. Huntress; 
and the style was changed to Knight & 
Huntress, the present firm. In addition to 
his dry-goods business, Mr. Knight in 1873 
was a member of the furniture house of 
Mansur & Knight, which in 1SS7 became 
Knight & Robinson. He is a Trustee of the 
lielknap Savings Bank, a Director in the La- 
conia National Bank, and a Director in the 
Laconia Building and Loan Association. He 
is a member of the local Board of Trade, and 
has been Secretary and Treasurer of the Board 
of Trustees of the Laconia Public Library 
some thirteen years. 

Mr. Knight was married in 1872 to Fannie 
!•:., daughter of James Taylor, of Franklin, 
X.H. Though the Knights were loyal for 
generations to Democratic traditions, the Civil 
War and its attendant circumstances caused a 
change in the sentiments of the family; and 
WilliLim F. Knight has been a stanch Repub- 
lican since he was qualified to vote, casting 
his first Presidential ballot for Ulysses S. 
Grant in 1868. He was elected Town Clerk 
of Laconia in 1875, and served two years; is 
now Chairman of the Republican City Com- 
mittee; was elected County Treasurer in 
1S83, and re-elected in 1885; was in the State 
legislature in 1889, serving on the Railroad 
Committee and Committee on National 
Affairs; was elected State Senator from Dis- 
trict No. 6 in 1894, for the term of two years; 
was a member of the Committees on Finance, 
Military Affairs, and Insane Asylum; and in 
1896 he was appointed Quartermaster-general 
on the staff of Governor C. A. Busiel. At 
the time of his nomination f^)r the State 
Senate the Boston Jonnial said of him, "Mr. 

Knight is a straight, clean fellow in every re- 
spect and exceedingly pojuilar as a citizen.'' 

A thirty-second degree Mason, he is a mem- 
ber of Mount Lebanon Lodge, No. J2, F. & 
A. M.; Union R. A. Chapter, No. 7; 
Pythagorean Council, No. 6, R. and S. M. : 
Pilgrim Commandery, K. T. ; the Scottish 
Rite bodies at Concord; and the Consistory at 
Nashua. He has filled all the chairs in Chap- 
ter and Council and Grand Chapter, and is at 
present Grand High Priest of the last-nametl 
body. An attendant at the Unitarian church, 
he has held various positions, and is at this 
time President of the Society. 

M.D., a prominent New Hampshire 
physician, residing at Centre Straf- 
ford, was born near the academy in Strafford, 
P^ebruary 26, 1835, son of Silas and Sally 
(Caverly) Twombly. The men of his family 
have been identifietl with the history and de- 
veloi^ment of the town almost since its settle- 
ment. His early ancestor, Ralph Twombly, 
from whom he is the seventh in lineal ilescent, 
had land laid out in 1656, and was taxed that 
year at Cocheco (Dover), N.H. l-'rom the 
contents of his will, dated February 28, 1684, 
which is still in existence, it is seen that he 
must have been a very prosperous farmer. He 
names separately each of his children, as fol- 
lows — John, Ral]ih, Joseph, Mary, Elizabeth, 
Hoi)e, Sarah, Esther, and William — and be- 
queaths to them and his wife, Elizabeth, the 
bulk of his property. 

The second Ralph Twombly had a son Will- 
iam, who settled in Madbury, N.H., and be- 
came the father of four sons. Moses, the eld- 
est, married Sarah Wentworth, a descendant 
of Governor Benning Wentworth. Moses 
Twomblv's son Samuel was grandfather to the 


Diictor. Samuel Tvvombly was born in 1766, 
and became a well-known farmer and basket- 
maker of Strafford. He married Olive 
Huntress, antl by this union had eleven chil- 
(h-en, lit whom the following is a brief men- 
tion: Hannah married James Roe; Silas was 
the lather (if Dr. Twombly; William married 
]';etsy Rollins, and settled in Gilmanton; 
Deborah became Mrs. Nicholas Evans, of 
Holderness; Samuel, a stone mason, married 
Su.san Durgin, and settled in New Market, 
N.H., and has two grandchildren, one, Belle 
Bryant, a remarkable organist, the other, 
Virginia, noted as an elocutionist; hJioch, the 
si.xth child, married Lucretia Daniels; Moses 
married a Miss I'arker, of Holderness, and 
settled in Maine; ]:)aniel, born July 25, 181 1, 
married Miss Julia Reed, of New ]5edford, 
Mass., and has two chiKlren — Maria and 
Daniel; John married Sarah ]5erry, and set- 
tled in Maine; Smith died in Charleston, 
S.C. ; and the eleventh child, Mesheck, lived 
and died in Lowell, Mass. Andrew J. was a 
child by a sec.nd marriage. 

Silas Twombly was born in old Barrington 
(now Strafford), December 22, 1798. When 
a lail he worked for a time in Charlestown, 
Mass. ; and later, returning to his native town, 
he became a farmer and cattle raiser. He was 
an industrious man, universally esteemed, and 
dying left an honorable name to his descend- 
ants. His wife, Sally Caverly, was a de- 
scendant of Governor Bcnning Wentworth. 
The seven children of Mr. and Mrs. Silas 
Twombly were: John, Hazen, Harrison, Silas, 
Sally A., Nehemiah, and Viany, of whom 
John, Hazen, Silas, Sally A., and Viany are 
now deceased. John Twombly, burn Decem- 
ber 22, 1822, was a prominent lawyer and 
citizen of Mamaroneck, N.Y., and a member 
of the New York legislature; Harrison, born 
Seiitember 25, 1S2G, married Harriet A, 

Caverly, and has one child, Charles H., who 
has been Treasurer of Strafford since 1S95, 
and who marrieil Ada Moody, and has one 
child, Charles Whiler; Silas married Ann 
M. Twombly, and had one child, Rii.xanna, 
now Mrs. William Shepard. 

Nehemiah C. Twomlily passed his boyhinid 
on his father's farm, antl attended the public 
schools of the town. Later he was sent to 
what is now Austin Academy, where he 
studied diligently, and exhibited an unusual 
aptitude for learning. He was afterward ap- 
pointed master for the winter terms in the 
schools of Strafford and Barrington. While 
teaching he made cpiite a rei)utation for him- 
self; and, had he clmsen tn remain in the pro- 
fession, there is no dmiht that he would now 
have been one of the leailing etlucators of the 
country. In 1 86 1 he began the study of med- 
icine with Dr. Charles Palmer, of Strafford, 
and for fifteen years, as he had opportunity, 
was a close student. In 1875 he was enabled 
to enter the LTniversity of Vermont at 15urling- 
ton, where he was graduated the following 
year, carrying off the highest honors in his 
class. The persistency with which he clung 
to his resolution to prepare himself for the 
practice of medicine, and the patience he dis- 
played in waiting so many years before cir- 
cumstances enabled him to secure his diploma, 
merited all the success he has since obtained. 
An example of such tenacity of purpose in a 
good cause is stimulating and gratifying in 
these modern days of rush and hurry. By 
means of his personality antl by his great skill 
in his profession Dr. Twombly has built up 
an extensive practice, and has made a name 
antl fame for himself, ntit only in his native 
town antl county, but throughout the whole 
State. He is recognized by the medical pro- 
fession as one of the leading physicians in 
New Hampshire. 


lie is a member of Strafford District Medi- 
cal Society, and has been a member of the 
State Pharmaceutical Association since 1879. 
lie ludds a State certificate, which i:,ives him 
tiie authority to open a drug store anywhere in 
\cw Hampshire. 

Dr. Twombly owns and cultivates Hillside 
{•'arm, an estate of eighty acres, and has been 
much interested in the work of the various 
agricultural societies. lie is Master of Bow 
Lake Grange, No. 80, and a member of Eastern 
New Hampshire Pomona Grange, No. 2, and 
of the State grange. His extensive knowl- 
edge of the natural sciences and his well- 
known ability on the platform have led to his 
often being asked to lecture before these 
bodies on chemistry, botany, and kindred sub- 
jects. He is a very pleasing speaker, and his 
addresses are always listened to with marked 

Dr. Twombly has held a commission as 
Justice of the Peace and Quorum throughout 
the State since his twenty-first year, and in 
that capacity has done a large amount of pro- 
bate business, although he has eschewed trial 
cases. He also has settled many pension 
claims, and there are many veterans who have 
reason to be grateful to him for having been 
the means of securing them an income. 

Politically, Dr. Twombly has always been 
more or less of an Independent. He believes 
in using his influence on the side of justice 
rather than in giving blind adherence to party 
phitforms. In 1865 he was chosen to repre- 
sent the town in the legislature, and while 
there was a member of several committees. 
He has refused to accept the nomination for 
Town Treasurer, but has served for a number 
of years on the School Hoard, and has always 
been greatly interested in all eilucational 
movements. Of a vital, sanguine tempera- 
ment, possessing keen jjowers of analysis and 

tine command of language. Dr. Twombly is 
active and energetic in the advocacy of any 
movement which he deems to be for tiie wel- 
fare and improvement of society. His lect- 
ures cover a wide range of subjects, embrac- 
ing politics, science, and religion. He is a 
facile writer, and has made a large number of 
contributions to the press. He has been for 
years a prominent supporter of Christianity 
as represented by the Second Adventist de- 
nomination, with which he is connected; and 
he never hesitates to express his religious 
views unequivocally, mindful of the apostolic 
injunction to give a reason for the hope that 
is in him. He is a member of Bow Lake 
Y. P. S. C. E. 



enterprising farmer of Lakeport, Bel- 
vi^ ^ knap County, was born in Gilford, 
this county, I'ebruary 5, 1828, son of Thomas 
and Sally (Gale) Ayer. His paternal grand- 
father, Winthrop Ayer, was a highly respected 
resident of Barnstead, this county. Thomas 
Ayer, in his early manhood, came from Barn- 
stead to Gilford, and there afterward worked at 
the trade of ship-carpenter. His wife, Sally, 
who was born in Gilmanton, November 17, 
1789, became the mother of four children, of 
whom Stephen S. is the only survivor. 
Thomas Ayer died in 1S56, at the age of 
sixty-five, while his wife lived until 1S83, 
when she passetl away in the ninety-fifth year 
of her age. 

Stephen S. Ayer recciveil his education in 
the common school and at the Gilford and 
VVolfboro Academies, being obliged to alter- 
nate study with work to pay his expenses. 
Thereafter he taught school in his native 
town for twelve terms, and for one teim in 
Norton, N.Il. Subsequently in 185 1, after 


workiiif^ at tlie trade of carpenter for some 
time, he came to Weirs. Here, on a farm of 
ei<;hty acres, he has since been engaged in 
stock-raising and general farming. F"rom the 
time he first voter! until i S64 he was a Demo- 
crat, but since that time he has affiliated with 
the Republican party. In Gilford he has been 
officially prominent He was its Collector in 
1864 and 1865. Ik'ginning in 1868, he was 
Selectman for four consecutive years. In 
1871-73 he was its legislative Representa- 
tive, sei'ving on the Committee of Agriculture 
and on the 15oard of I'^qualization. From 
1S70 to 1S79 he served it as Treasurer. In 
18S0 he was Census-taker for twelve outlying 
districts. In 1882 he was again elected Col- 
lector. He served again as Selectman from 
18S3 to 1 886 inclusive, and he was .again ap- 
|)oiuted Collector in 18.S9, and ne.xt year was 
once more the Census-taker. In 1889, 1890, 
and 1S91, he served on the Gilford School 
Hoard, and in 1S94 he was appointed Assessor 
of Laconia, being rea|ipointed in March, 1896, 
for three years. Me has also settled several 

On July 10, 185 1, Captain Ayer was mar- 
ried to Mary E., a daughter of Jacob Rowell, 
of Gilford. They have had four children, 
three of whom are living. These are: Mrs. 
R. ]?. Priest, of Lakeport, whose husband has 
been foreman in B. J. Cole's machine shop for 
several years; Mrs. Walter F. Thompson, 
whose husband is a member of the firm, I'lum- 
mcr & Thompson, druggists of Lakeport ; and 
George H. Ayer, who resides with his parents. 
Mr. Ayer and family live on the old Rowell 
homestead. He is a member of Chocorua 
Lodge, No. 51, I. O. O. F., of Lakeport, 
which he joined in 1870. From the time he 
was seventeen years of age until the old mili- 
tia law was abolished, he was a member of the 
Gilford Rifle Company, serving as Sergeant 

and Captain. He is 
Free liaptist church. 

imnumum wi 

[DWIN COX, Chairman of the Board of 
:tmen of MereiJith, ami an e.\- 
emjierof the New Hampshire legis- 
lature, was born in Holderness, N.H., Au- 
gust 13, 1844, son of Andrew Smith and Mary 
(Cummings) Cox. His grandfather was Jona- 
than Cox, who followed agricultural pursuits 
in Holderness during the active period of his 
life. Andrew Smith Cox, born in Holder- 
ness, was reareil to farm life, and afterward 
tilled the soil with profit until his death, 
which occurred in 185 1. His wife, Mary, 
was a daughter of Nathaniel and Mary (Craw- 
ford) Cummings. The former, who prosper- 
ously followed farming in New Hampton, 
N.H., was accidentally killed in tlie prime of 
life by an infuriated bull. Mr. and Mrs. An- 
drew S. Cox were the parents of five childicn, 
four of whom reached maturity, namel)' : 
George and Albert, who arc no longer living; 
Clara, who is the wife of George H. Gay, of 
l^oston ; and Edwin, the subject of this 

Edwin Cox, after the death of his father, 
was seven years old when he came with his 
mother to this town. He began his education 
in the district schools, and later attended a 
private school. When ready to begin life for 
himself he worked in a hosiery-mill for a 
time, and then entered the employ of Daniel 
S. Ik'dee in the livery and express business. 
In 1867, after the death of Mr. Bedee, he was 
appointed local agent of Cheney & Co. 's Ex- 
press, and is now acting in that capacity for 
their successors, the American Express Com- 
pany. He also carries on a profitable livery 
business, keeping an average of ten good driv- 
ing horses. His popularity and success are 


the result of his genial manners, and his read- 
iness to accommodate his neighbors and fel- 
low-townsmen upon all occasions to the extent 
of his ability. In politics he is a Democrat, 
and his connection with the public affairs of 
Meredith has been of a nature to receive the 
heart)' commendation of the entire community. 
iMir twenty years he has served as Moderator 
at town meetings. While representing the 
town in the legislature he was a member of 
the Committee on Corporations. He has been 
a member of the Board of Selectmen for the 
past seven years, and is now in his fourth year 
as Chairman of that body. On December 7, 
1867, Mr. Co.x married Arzelia J. Pease, 
daughter of .Simeon D. and Hetsey (Batch- 
elder) Pease, of Meredith. Mr. and Mrs. 
Ci).\ have one son, Clarence luhvin, who grad- 
uated at the New Hampton Institute, and is 
now in business with his father. Mr. Co.x 
was made a Mason in Choconia Lodge, No. 
83. He has been a Good Tenijilar for thirty 
years, and has several times filled the chief 
Templars" chairs in Waukewan Lodge. Mrs. 
Cox is a member of the Congregational 
church, and Mr. Cox attends religious worship 

'.L II. I^KLL, the pleasant 
accommodating ticket agent at 
Maine Railway sta- 


tiim -in Dover, was born April II, 1864, in 
Springfield, Lot No. 6j, Prince Edward 
Island, son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Hard- 
ing) Bell. Both parents are also natives of 
Prince Edward Island. When Samuel H. 
was fourteen years old, they moved to Mount 
Plea.sant, Lot No. 13, where they still reside. 
The father follows the callings of blacksmith 
and farmer. 

Samuel H. Bell remained on his native 
island, attending the public schools and as- 

sisting his father in the forge or on the farm 
until he was twenty years old. Then, believ- 
ing that better opportunities for advancement 
were to be found in the States, he came to 
New F^ngland, and for two years was employed 
at an undertaking establishment in West New- 
ton, Mass. Here he served as a hark driver, 
ami assisted in the general work. He next 
obtained a situation with the West h:nd Street 
Railway Company of Boston, being stationed 
at Maiden, Mass., for a while. Going then 
to Lowell Junction, Mass., he spent four 
months in learning telegraphy, after which 
he was assistant station agent at Cliftondale, 
Mass., for a year. He was subsequently 
located for a few weeks at Windham Junrticm, 
N.H., as spare operator and relieving agent, 
going thence to Salmon Falls, this county, 
where he remained four years. At Salmon 
Falls he was night operator at the station for 
the first five weeks, and for the residue of the 
time he was general utility man, serving as 
day operator, baggage master, and an assistant 
to the agent in general office work, proving 
himself faithful and efficient in every capac- 
ity. In April, 1893, the company, appreciat- 
ing his ability and trustworthiness, promoted 
him to his present responsible position, in 
which he is giving general satisfaction. 

Mr. Bell was married June 5, 1894, to Miss 
Ilattie E. , daughter of William and Abbie 
(Rolfc) Davis, of Salmon Falls. Having 
become a natural izeil citizen in due time after 
coming to Dover, he is identified with the 
Republican party. A Mason of the thirty- 
second degree and the Scottish Rite, he be- 
longs to Strafford Lodge, No. 29, Belknap 
Chapter, Orphan Council, and the command- 
ery of Knights Templar. Both he and Mrs. 
Bell are active workers in the Episcopal 
church, of which Mrs. Bell is a member. Mr. 
Bell is the owner of a fine farm of one hun- 


and seventy acres in Prince Edward 
d. Of strictly temperate habits, (if t;ood 
1 priiiciides, he is held in high cimsidera- 
ihriMighdut tlie community, where he has 
•c circle of warm friends. 

WrLLIAM S. STEVENS, late an es- 
teemed resident of Dover, Strafford 
County, N.IL, of which city he 
was formerly Mayor, was born June 21, 1S16, 
in Canterbury, Merrimack County, this State. 
His father, Edmund Stevens, a farmer by oc- 
cupation, married Betsey Shepherd, who bore 
him two children. 

William S. Stevens was reared on the home 
farm, and acquired the rudiments of his educa- 
li(in in the common schools of his district. 
At the age of fourteen years he became clerk 
in the village store, where he remained long 
enough to acquire some practical knowledge 
of business. His next experience was as a 
student in the Pembroke and Gilmanton Acad- 
emies successively, one year being spent by 
him in each. He intended to further pursue 
his studies at the New Hampton Literary In- 
stitution, going there for that purpose, but 
being offered the position of teacher in one of 
the Kingston schools he accepted it, and 
taught for a year. Returning then to the pa- 
rental homestead, Mr. Stevens stayed there but 
a short time before he obtained a situation as 
travelling salesman for the Platform Scale 
Company, in which he bought an interest the 
succeeding year, and continued travelling for 
the firm five years longer. Locating then in 
Milton, N.H., Mr. Stevens purchased a saw- 
mill, and was there engaged in the manufact- 
ure of lumber for three years. Going thence 
to Ossipee Centre, Carroll County, he was es- 
tablished in that town in the mercantile busi- 
ten years, coming from there to 

ness somt 

Dover in 1^47. After carrying on a success- 
ful wholesale tratle in groceries for three 
years, he, in company with Benjamin Wig- 
gins, bought the Dover Glue Works, which he 
owned at the time of his death. After the 
death of his partner, Mr. Stevens continued 
the business under the firm name of Wiggins 
& Stevens for many yeais. In 1S52 this en- 
terprising firm enlarged their operations, add- 
ing to their former manufactures that of sand, 
emery, and flint paper, and garnet cloth. Six 
years later this addition to their plant was 
burned, and it has never been rebuilt, although 
the manufacture of glue was later continued. 
Soon after the fire Mr. Stevens purchased a 
factory in Maiden, Mass., where, under the 
])ersonal supervision of his son, I'lverett J. 
Stevens, he carried on an extensive and lucra- 
tive manufacturing business. He passed away 
at his home, 713 Central Avenue, April 15, 
1897, aged eighty years, nine months, and 
twenty-five days. 

In politics Mr. Stevens was an ardent sup- 
porter of the principles of the Republican 
party, and served his fellow-citizens with 
fidelity and efficiency in important positions, 
having been a member of the State legislature 
eight years, and Chief Magistrate of the City 
of Dover three years, being elected to the latter 
ofTice in 1S70, and twice re-elected, serving 
until 1S73. F"or many years he was inti- 
mately associated with the financial interests 
of this part of the county, being ex-Vice-Pres- 
ident of the South Dover Savings Bank, and 
for a quarter of a century having been Presi- 
dent of the Strafford National Bank, of which 
he had previously been a Director for a num- 
ber of years. Starting in life with no special 
advantages, save those accorded to every 
farmer's boy, Mr. Stevens met with success in 
each and all of his undertakings, his energy, 
thrift, and steadfastness of purpose carrying 


him steadily onward and upward along life's 
pathway. Of a genial and kindly nature, he 
was a friend alike to rich and poor, and, 
though not connected by niemberslii]i with any 
religious organization, w;is a libera! su]iporter 
of rhurclies. l-'or fnrty-hve years he occupied 
his JH-aiitifiil residence wherein he hospitably 
entt'rlained his many friends and acquaint- 

Mr. Stevens was first married November 13, 
1839, to Miss Mary Jewett, daughter of Na- 
thaniel Jewett. The only child born of that 
union was a son, Everett J., who has charge 
of the factory at Maiden, Mass., and is one 
of the prominent business men of that busy 
city, of which he is ex-Mayor. After the 
tleath of his first wife, Mr. Stevens married 
.Saiah Varney Bangs, of Dover, their union 
iieing solemnized on May 7, 1S51. P'our chil- 
dren were born of this marriage; namely, 
Mary K., Carrie L., Kliza, and Annie H. (de- 
ceased). Mr. Stevens's third wife, Sarah F. 
Chesley, whom he married in Dover on Febru- 
ary 2, 1879, died without issue. Mr. Stevens 
was a Director of the I'ioston & Maine Rail- 
road until his resignation some five years ago, 
making twenty years of consecutive service. 

Laconia, N.IL, is a prominent mem- 
ber of the Helknap County bar and 
a very popular sound money Democrat. He 
was born in Gilmanton, this county, December 
2, iRC>S, a son of Charles K. and Mary 
(Moiidy) Plummer. His family springs from 
the riummers of Newburyport, Mass., who 
trace their origin to an early settler of that 
name there (1635). Governor Plumer, of 
New Hampshire, was of the same stock. 
Joseph riummer, father of Charles K. Plum- 
mer, was born in Gilmanton, N.H., and was 

for a number of years engaged in farming in 
that town. He died at the age of forty-five. 
His wife, who was Sally Lamprey, of Gilman- 
ton, lived to be seventy years old; and her 
mother lived to see five generations of tlie 
family. I\Ir. and Mrs. Joseph Plummer had a 
family of si.x children, four r)f wliom are li\'- 
ing, namely: Charles E. , the Hon. William 
A. Plummer's father ; Ann K.^ who marrie<l a 
Mr. Ayers, of Maine; Mary !•:., wife of Henry 
E. Marsh, of Gilmanton; and Laura, wife f>f 
J. H. Drew, of Gilmanton. 

Charles Iv Plummer was liorn in Gilmanton 
sixty-five years ago, and still resides there. 
A large land-owner, his property covering one 
thousand acres, lie is extensively interested in 
farming, stock-raising, and lumbering. He 
has taken a prominent part in the councils of 
the Democratic party, and has been nominated 
for Representative to the State legislature. 
His wife, who is a daughter of Stepiien 
Moody, a resident of the part of Gilmanton 
now known as Belmont, is sixty-six years old. 
The following children have blessed their 
union: Etta J., who died in P'ebruary, 1896, 
aged forty-one, wife of Edwin N. Sanborn, of 
Laconia; Carrie I-]., wife of Frank H. P'ur- 
ber, of Alton, N.IL; and William A. 

William A. Plummer was graduated at Gil- 
manton Academy in June, 18S4, and entered 
Dartmouth College the following autumn. 
Being in poor health, however, he followed his 
physician's advice, and left his books for a 
while. On January 3, 18S6, he entered the 
law office of J. C. Story at Plymouth, N.IL, 
with whom he remained until the summer of 
1886. On September 13, 188C, he began to 
teach school at Canaan, N. H., taking charge 
of the higher grade; and for one term he had 
oversight of all the schools in the village. 
As a teacher he was very successful and jiojiu- 
lar. Subsequently, being requested to take 

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cliarj^e of a private scliool, he consented; and 
in the mean time he was diligently pursuiiit;' 
his law studies. Me read law with G. W. 
Murray, Esq., until July, 18S7. He then 
entered Boston University Law School, where 
he was graduated in June, 1889; and while a 
student there he gained a practical insight 
into legal work in the office of C. T. & T. II. 
Russell, of Boston. Passing the requisite 
examination, he was admitted to the New 
Hampshire har, July 26, iS.Sg; and on .Sep- 
temlier 2, 1889, he became the partner of the S. .S. Jewett. The firm of Jewett & 
riummer has an extensive business, and has 
gained much prestige fi'om the ability of both 
members of the firm. 

.Mr. riummer was in the legislature in 1893, 
presiding as Chairman of the Belknap County 
delegation, and had much to do with obtaining 
the vote to build the new court-house in 
Laconia; and it was lie who introduced and 
obtained the passage of the bill empowering 
the county to bond the indebtedness. He was 
later Chairman of the Court-house Building 
Committee. While in the of Repre- 
sentatives he was a member and Secretary of 
the Judicial Committee; a member of the 
Committee on Education ; and he was on the 
Committee on the Roll of the House during 
his service there the year the Laconia city 
charter was adopted. He was the first Moder- 
ator for Ward I''our in the city of Laconia, 
was nominated from Ward I<"our for the Coun- 
cil in 1891, and again later; and though he 
was defeated he ran far ahead of his ticket. 
In the spring of 1895 he was nominated for 
Mayor. At the previous election the Demo- 
cratic candidate for the mayoralty was defeated 
by a majority of between five and six hundred. 
Mr. I'lummer was defeated by only forty five 
votes. He was again nominated in the s|)ring 
of 1896. In 1893 he was elected to the La- 

conia School Board, and in 1S95 he was re- 
elected for three years. In 1896 he went as 
delegate to the Chicago Convention that nomi- 
nated the Democratic candidate for President, 
and be is at present a member of the Sound 
Money State Committee. In March, 1897, he 
was elected a Trustee of the City Savings 
Bank of Laconia, N.IL; and on April 5, 
1897, he was elected a Director of the Laconia 
National Bank. 

On January i, 1890, Mr. Plummcr was 
united in marriage with Ellen F. Murray, of 
Canaan, N. IL, daughter of George W. Murray. 
They have one boy, Wayne M., born March 
21, 1891. In fraternal organizations Mr. 
I'lummer is active and prominent. He has 
been for two years Master of Mount Lebiuion 
Lodge, No. 32, E. & A. M. ; belongs also to 
Union Chapter, R. A. M., No. 7; and is oni- 
of the .Stewards of Pilgrim Commandery, 
Knights Templar. He is also a member of 
the Ancient Order of United Workmen. In 
religious belief he is a Congregationalist. 


jironiinent member of the medical 
aternity of Strafford County, 
has been in active practice in Dover since 
1 88 1, and has won for himself a wide and 
favorable reiiutation thruughout this vicinity. 
He was born at Wiinhmp, Kennebec County, 
Maine, May 29, 1857, a son of Jeremiah and 
Rebecca (iillman .Sullivan. Having com- 
pleted his studies at the \mU\\c schools of his 
native town, he entered the Towle Academy, 
from which he was graduatetl with the class of 
1872. During the succeeding year he re- 
mained in Winthrop, where he was employed 
as a clerk in a drug store. Going thence to 
Portland, he spent two years as a clerk in the 
drug store of Hinds & Co., and was afterward 



located in Lewiston, Mc, throe years, part of 
the time as a clerk, and the remaintler in con- 
ducting a prescription drug store on his own 
account. He then entered the office of Dr. 
J. A. Donovan, of Lewiston, with whom he 
read medicine, at the same time attending 
lectures at the medical department of the Uni- 
versity of New York City. After three years 
of faithful study he received his diploma in 
i.SSi. Returning to Lewiston, Dr. Sullivan 
began the practice of his profession in com- 
pany with his former teacher. Dr. Donovan, 
continuing with him until June, when he lo- 
cated in Dover. Here the doctor has met 
with eminent success as a practitioner, and is 
now recognized as one of the leading physi- 
cians of the city. 

I'olitically, Dr. .Sullivan is a firm Demo- 
crat, and one of the leading members of his 
|taity. Li i8,S6 he was a candidate for mem- 
bership in the council of Governor Sawyer, 
i)ut was honorably defeated, the county being 
a Republican stronghold. Two years later he 
was nominated for State Senator from Dis- 
trict Number Twenty-Three, ami was elected 
by a majority of three hundred and ninety- 
one, having been the first Democrat to receive 
election from this district. Socially, the 
doctor is a member of Llks Lodge, and has 
been District Deputy of the State of New 
llani[ishire. He is a prominent member of 
the Catholic church. 

iHARLKS ]•:. WALKER, proprietor 
of one of the first settled farms in 
15arnstead, lielknap County, and an 
-member of the New Hampshire legislature, 
s born where he now resides, June 7, 1839, 
1 of John and ]5etsey (I'.unker) Walker. 
The Walker homestead, which has been 
■ned by representatives of the family for four 

generations, was cleared and improved by 
"Sir" William Walker, great-grandfather of 
the subject of this sketch. Sir William, who 
was born in I'ortsmouth, N.H., in 1759, came 
from that place to Barnstead about 1804 or 
1805, when this section was mostl}' a wilder- 
ness. He made his first trip on horseback, 
accompanied by his son William, and after 
selecting a tract of one hundred acres, he 
brought his family and resided here during the 
rest of his life. His wife lived to be over 
ninety years old. For some time the Walkers 
were the only white inhabitants in this 

William Walker, Jr., son of "Sir" Will- 
iam, and grandfather of Charles E. , was born 
in Portsmcjuth, N.H., in 1786. He assisted 
his father in clearing the farm, and, finally 
inheriting the property, diligently engaged in 
tilling the soil during the active period of his 
life. For many years a Justice of the Peace, 
he transacted a great deal of legal business. 
He was one of the most prominent and able 
citizens of the town in his day; in politics he 
supi^orted the Democratic party. He died at 
the age of si.xty years. By his wife, whose 
maiden name was Betsy Dow, he had four 
children — John, Seth, Ann E. , and Abby. 
.Seth, known as Captain Seth Walker, was 
born in Barnstead in 1S15. He married 
Hannah York, and settled in North Barnstead, 
but died at the earl)' age of twenty-eight years, 
leaving no children. Ann E., born in Barn- 
stead in 1824, married Daniel F. Davis, and 
died February 23, 1849. .She had no chil- 
dren. Abby, born in liarnstead, November 2, 
1S26, married John K. Davis. They reside 
in North Barnstead, and have a family of four 
children — Ann E. , Seth W., Arthur Iv , and 
Coran H. 

John Walker, father of the subject of this 
sketch, was born in liarnstead, July 11, iSii. 


lie received a ccimninii-sehiKil eilucatnm, and 
taught several winter terms of sclicml in 15arn- 
stead. ]''(ir a numlier nf years he was em- 
ployed at the lead works in Salem, Mass., but 
eventually he returned tn the homestead and 
cared for his |iarents during their declining 
years. He imiiroved the farm by selling off 
some of the land and buying adjoining prop- 
erty that was more desirable, and his manage- 
ment of the place was attended with prosper- 
ous results. In polities he was a Democrat, 
and he held at different times all the offices 
that could be bestowed upon him in the town. 
While representing f-Sarnstead in the legisla- 
ture, he was instrumental in securing the ap- 
pointment of Squire S. G. Berry as Warden of 
the State Prison. In early life he belonged to 
a military com])any in this town and was ap- 
pointed Major, by which title he was gener- 
ally known, his brother Seth being Captain of 
the same compan)-. 

Major John Walker served as a Selectman 
dming the e.xciting time of the Civil War, and 
had charge of supplying the town's quota of 
soldiers. In 1869 he was elected County 
Commissioner for three years, being Chair- 
man of the Board the third year. He was a 
man of deeds rather than (jf words, and he was 
c.dled to public service solely because of-his 
ability, never having sought for political 
honors. In his religious opinions and nimle 
of worship he was a Congregational ist. His 
wife Betsey was a daughter oT Joseph Bunker, 
of Barnstead. She became the mother of four 
children; namely, Mary A., Nancy J., 
Charles K. , and Sarah K. Mary A., born 
May 12, 1834, married James N. Morrison, of 
South Alton, N.H. She died May 4, 1893, 
leaving two sons: George W., wdio resides in 
Cambridge, Mass.; and Charles II., who is a 
resident of Barnstead. Nancy J., born July 
25, 1S37, married David H. Morrison, of 


James N. They 

South Alton, a 
have four children; Hairy; Ilattie S. ; David 
A., who lives in Cambridge, Mass. ; and J.ihn 
W. Sarah K., born September 7, 1 84 i , for- 
merly taught scho(d, but is now a dressmaker 
in Dover, N.H. She is unmarried. Mr. and 
Mrs. John Walker were stricken with pneu- 
monia in I S92, and both died the same da)'. 

Charles K. Walker was educated in the 
district schocds and at the New London Acad- 
emy. After teaching one term of school, he 
went to New Market, N.H., where he was em- 
ployed as a clerk in a store for a year. He 
then engaged in trade upon his own account at 
North Barnstead, and continued in business 
there for five years. Then selling his store, 
he entered the employ of James S. Norris & 
Crockett, bakers and confectioners of Concord, 
and was in charge of a wholesale team for the 
succeeding ten years. Although his oppor- 
tunities for a successful business career were 
very promising, he considered that his duty to 
his aged parents was paramount to his own i)er- 
sonal interests, and he returned to the home- 
stead in order to care for them in their declin- 
ing years. He managed the farm of one hun- 
dred and fort)' acres for several years previous 
to their death, and, subsequently inheriting it, 
has continued to carry it on chiefly through a 
feeling of love for the old homestead. Mr. 
Walker was for several years a Director of the 
Alton I-'ive Cent Savings Ibnk, and its Presi- 
dent during the last four years of its existence. 
He succeeded his father as Director, the latter 
having held that position from the organiza- 
tion of the bank until increasing infirmities 
caused him to resign. 

Mr. Charles E. Walker ami Jane Titcomb, 
of East Kingston, N.H., daughter of Charles 
and Sarah Titcomb, were married July 29, 
uSGf). They have one daughter, Liz/Je M , 
born Sei)tember 10, i S69, who was educated 


in the district schools and Kingston Academy, 
and is now residing at home. 

Politically, Mr. Walker is a Democrat. He 
was elected Town Clerk at the age of twenty- 
two, and served three years. He was a mem- 
her of the Board of Selectmen in 1867 and 
1868, was elected a member of the legislature 
in i.S'Si, and served npnii the Committee on 
Claims during the first biennial session. He 
was a member and Ciiairman of the Board of 
Selectmen in 1892, 1893, and 1894, and for 
the past ten years has been Justice of the 
Peace. He was chosen Collector of Taxes 
in March, 1886, and filled that office for si.x 
ye.'U's ill succession, or until elected Chairman 
of the Hoard of Selectmen in March, 1892. 
Mr. Walker has likewise held the offices of 
secretary and treasurer of the l^arnstead Mu- 
tual I'"ire Insurance Company since 1890. 

§01IN SCALES, A. P., A.M., of Dover, 
N.II., is one of the Dartmouth Col- 
lege men who have made their mark in 
news])aper life. He was born in Nottingham, 
Rockingham County, this State, October 6, 
1835, son of Samuel and Petsey (True) Scales. 
His ancestry on both sides dates back to the 
early days of New England. On the paternal 
.side he is descended from William Scales, an 
pjiglishman, who located in Salem, Mass., 
in iO-,C>, anil later moved tn the neighboring 
town of Rowley. Will iam's, Will- 
iam and Matthew, settled in the part of Yar- 
mouth, Me., now the city of Portland, about 
1/12; and in 1725 both were killed there by 
the Indians. Abraham Scales was fourth in 
descent from the first William. He pur- 
chased, in 1747, some three hundreel acres in 
the north-east corner of Nottingham, atljoin- 
ing the town of Lee, and cleared a jiart of 
it for farming; and in 1754 he built the 

in which his great-great-grandson, John 
Scales, was born. This house is still stand- 
ing, well preserved; it was the first two-story 
house in the town. The original tract of land 
remained in the possession of the Scales fam- 
ily for over a century, and a part of it is still 
owned by them. Samuel, the youngest son of 
Abraham, was a Revolutionary soldier. Sam- 
uel's son Samuel was the grandfather of Mr. 
John Scales; and his father, the third Samuel 
in line, was born in Nottingham, July iS, 
iSoo. The owner and manager of a large 
farm, he was one of the leading men of the 
town, serving as moderator, Selectman, ami 
School Committee, Captain of a militia com- 
pany for several years, and in 1849-50 he re]i- 
resented the town in the General Court. 

Mr. John Scales's mother, who was the 
daughter of Benjamin and Molly (]?atchelder) 
True, was born in Deerfield, N. H., Januar\- 
ir, 1805. She was of the seventh generation 
from Benjamin True, who emigrated from 
I{ngland and settled in Salem, Mass., in 1632. 
Her grandfather, Deacon Abraham True, was 
one of the first settlers in Deerfield, moving 
there from Salisbury, Mass., about 1750. 
Her father, Benjamin True, served in the 
Revolutifm. Her mother was a daughter of 
Nathaniel and Molly (Longfellow) Batchel- 
der. The Batchelders trace their descent from 
the Rev. Stephen l^acliilcr, who was born in 
England in 1561. He was the founder of 
Hampton, N.II., and the first pastor of the 
church there, taking charge in 1638, and fill- 
ing the pulpit until he was over eighty years 
of age. He returned to Englalid, where he 
died in 1660, aged nearly one hundred years. 
Mrs. Scales's grandfather, Nathaniel Batchel- 
der, was the great-great-great-grandson of 
the clergyman. He was born in Hampton, 
June 9, 1732, and settled in Deerfield aiiout 
1752. He was in Cajitain Henry Dearborn's 


ci.mpany, under Cnldiicl John Stark, at the 
battle of Hunker Hill, anil also with Stark at 
IkMinington, and there otfeied up his life for 
his country. Two of his sons, Stephen and 
Nathaniel, and four sons in-law — Smith Mor- 
rill, Abraham, Joseph, and lienjamin True 
— also served in the Continental army. 
Smith Morrill married Mr. ]5atchclder's 
daughter, Mary; and Justin S. IVlorrill, the 
distinguished United States Senator from 
Vermont, who has recently been elected to his 
si.xth term, is their grandson. On the mater- 
nal side Mrs. Scales was of the same stock as 
the poet Longfellow, descended from William 
Longfellow, an ]{ngl ishman, who settled in 
Newbury, Mass., where he married in 1676 
Anne Sewall, sister of Samuel Sewall, the 
famous Colonial judge. Mrs. Scales's grand- 
mother was a daughter of Jonathan Longfellow 
and cousin to Stephen Longfellow, the grand- 
father of the poet; and her grandmother's 
sister, Sarah Longfellow, was the wife of 
General Joseph Cilley, of Revolutionary fame. 

John Scales attended the public schools of 
Nottingham, a private school at Lee Mill, and 
the acailemy at Nottingham Centre. The last- 
named institution was in charge of Professor 
]5art Van Dame, a remarkable man, and one of 
the best educators of the day. He was also 
a i)Upil at Pembroke (iymnasium and Strafford 
Academy, and in 1854 attended the high 
school in the town hall in liarrington taught 
by Thomas A. Henderson, afterward lieuten- 
ant-colonel in the Seventh New Hampshire 
V(dunteer Regiment, who was killed in battle 
at Charleston, S. C. Miss Adaline Rice 
Paiker, daughter of Captain Robeit Parker, a 
prominent merchant of Portsmouth, was his 
I'irst and most esteemed teacher. 

In the winter of 1855-56, Mr. Scales t(jok 
charge of a school at Harper's Ferry, Va. , 
and remained in that State until the summer 

of 1857. There he did his first newspajjer 
work, writing to the lioston J'os/ accounts of 
the political rallies held in Maryland and Vir- 
ginia during the iMcmont-IUichanan campaign. 
In March, 1857, he went to Washington and 
saw Puchanan inaugiuated. hi the summer 
of the same year he came North to complete 
his jireijaration to enter Dartmouth College; 
and in September he entered the New London 
(N.ll.) Academy, then under the supervision 
ot the late (leorge W. (iardner, D. D. ISy 
close application and hard work he completed 
the three years' course in two years, anti grad- 
uated with a rank among the best of a huge 
class. Among his classmates here were the 
Hon. Charles A. Pillsbury, the world-famous 
flour manufacturer of Minneapolis, and Pro- 
fessor John R. Kastnian, of the United States 
Observatory at Washington. Li the fall of 
1859 Mr. Scales entered Dartmouth, and in 
1863 he graduated in the Phi Heta Kappa sec 
tion of his class, anil had an oration at com- 
mencement. During the college course he 
taught schoid in winter and helpied on his 
father's farm in summer, wielding the sc)the 
(which had not then been superseded by the 
mowing machine) with a skill that |)ut the 
experts on their best neive and muscle. 
Among his instructors at college were the 
Hon. James W. Patterson, afterward United 
.States Senator, Professor l^rown, afterwaril 
President of Hamilton College, Professor 
Aiken, and President Lortl, his class being 
the last to graduate under the last-named 
gentleman; and among his classmates were the 
Hon. Thomas Cogswell, now pension agent 
for New Hampshire and Vermont; the Hon. 
Henry M. Baker, ex-member of Congress from 
the Second Congressional District of New 
Hampshire; the Hon. Charles A. Pillsbuiy, 
of Minneapolis; the II, m. N. H. Clement, one 
of the judges in the Brooklyn district ot New 


Wnk; the Hun. Jesse Johnson, a leading 
member of the New \'ork bar in lirooklyn ; 
Jnd-e \V. L. liarnap, of Turlington, Vt. ; 
the Kev. Dr. Hernaril I'aine, of Saybrook, 
Conn.; and the Rev. Dr. A. \V. Ilazen, of 
Mitldletown, Conn. 

During his college life Dartmouth sent 
a cavalry company to the war, which did 
valued service in the campaign preceding the 
battle of Antietam ; and this company's his- 
tory, which appears in the War Record of New 
Hampshire, recently published by the .State, 
was written by Mr. Scales. 

In the fall of 1863 he was installed as prin- 
cipal of the academy at Centre Strafford; from 
1.S65 to 1867 he was principal of the Wolf- 
boro Academy; in 1867 and 1S6S he was 
head of the Gilmanton Academy; and from the 
spring of 1S69 to the spring of 1883 he was 
lirincijjal of the Franklin Academy in Dover. 
As a teacher he was successful and popular. 
I'ranklin Academy attained its highest popu- 
larity and largest attendance under his charge, 
and the tirst woman to enter college from 
I )o\'er anil comjjlete a full classical course was 
lilted by him. I'or a quarter of a century Mr. 
Scales has advocated the higher education of 

August 2, 18S0, the Dover Daily Rcpnblicau 
was started by a syndicate of Republicans as 
a cam[)aign paper, with George Wadleigh, 
Ivsq., the veteran newspajier man, as managing 
editor, and Mr. Scales then began to contrib- 
Lite to its columns. In 1883 he purchased a 
half interest in the Ilaily KLpnblicait and the 
Dover liiL/iiiirr; and both papers have enjoyed 
increasing jirosperit)- while he has been con- 
nected with them. The RipuMican is noted 
for its vigorous anil scholarly editorials. 
Mr. Scales is a ]iroiiounced protectionist and 
has advocated woman suffrage since 1865. 
lie is a clear thinker, and writes in terse and 

forcible style, having at all times a tirm grasp 
of his subject. In addition to his newspaper 
work, he has written and published the history 
of the class of 1863, Dartmouth College; and 
the History of the Dartmouth Cavalry, men- 
tioned above. Ho has been honored with the 
election to the examining board of Dartmouth 
College, and he is a member of the Dover 
School Committee. He has been trustee of 
the State Normal School at Plymouth, 

On October 20, 1865, Mr. Scales was 
united in marriage with I-lllen, daughter of 
Deacon Alfred and Mary Margaret (Hill) 
Tasker, who has been his co-laborer in school 
and newspaper work as well as in the home. 
They have had four children, two of whom 
are living. Burton True, born August 10, 
1873, was graduated at Dartmouth in 1895, 
and is now city editor of the Dai/y Ktpii/>- 
licaii : and Robert Leighton, born May 20, 
1880, is a member of the senior class in the 
Dover High School, expecting to enter Dart- 
mouth in 1897. 

Mr. Scales joined the Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows in 1856, and has been in good 
and regular standing ever since. He was 
initiatetl into Virginia Lodge, No. i, at Har- 
per's Ferry, and after removing to Dover be- 
came a member of Wecobammet Lodge, No. 
3. He is also a member of the higher 
branches of the order Ouocheco Encampment 
and Canton Parker, Patriarchs Militant. He 
is a member of Dover Commandery No. 43, 
U. O. G. C, Moses Paul Lodge, F. & A. M., 
Pelknap Chapter Orphan Council, and St. 
Paul Commandery, and is a thirty-second 
degree member of the lodge of Perfection in 
the Valley of Dover, Ancient and Accepted 
Scottish Rite; and he is a member of the So- 
ciety of the Sons of the American Revolution, 
and the Society of the Colonial Wars in New 
Hampshire. In religious belief he is a Con- 


gieg;itionalist, belonging to the famous T'irst 
Church, whose history dates back to 1638, the 
parish having been (]iL;anizecl in iG^v 

KORGE SCALES, brother of John, 
was born in Nottingham, October 
20, 1840. He worked on the farm 
with his father, when not attending school, 
till he joined the Union army in September, 
iSdi. He was educated in the public schools 
and at New London Academy, where he 
fitted for college and graduated in June, 1861, 
ranking among the highest in scholarship in 
his class. Quick to learn and studious in 
his habits, he was very popular in the school, 
both among the students and the teachers. 
He was gifted as a conversationalist and as 
a speaker, and had he lived to mature age 
would undoubtedly have taken high rank in 
the legal profession, for which he had planned 
to fit himself on com|)leting his college eilu- 
cation. The tocsin of war changed his plans. 
When President Lincoln called for volunteers 
he responded promptly, as responded his grand- 
father, Benjamin True, and great-grandfathers, 
Samuel Scales and Nathaniel Batchelder, in 
the Revolutionary War; not that he liked war 
per sf, but that he was ready to defend his 
country's honor, to preserve liberty, free in- 
stitutions, and the Union. He was an expert 
marksman, hence he chose to enlist as one of 
Berdan's sharpshooters. 

The war record of the First Regiment, 
United States Sharpshooters, is unsurpassed 
by that of any part of the grand Union army. 
The originator and organizer of it was a New 
Hampshire man, Hiram Berdan, then a resi- 
dent of New York. The qualifications he set 
for each man were: "That no man shall be 
accepted who cannot, at two hundred yards, 
put ten consecutive shots into a ten-inch ring, 

or a string measurement of fifty inches. Ivich 
man can choose his rifle and the government 
will allow sixty dollars for it." George 

Scales fulfilled the elemand in every [jarticu- 
lar. Amos Ix Jones, who had graduated from 
Dartmouth in i86r, commenced to muster re- 
cruits from New Hampshire to make up the 
quota from this State. His comi)any was 
numbered E, and on .September g, 1861, it 
was mustered in at Concord. 

The uniform of this comjiany was dark green 
caj), coat and trousers, leather leggings, gray 
felt havelock-shaped hat, and gray overcoat, 
which latter was afterward changed to another 
color to avoid its being mistaken for Con- 
federates. The knapsack was of French [wt- 
tern, made of leather with the hair on, with 
a tin dish for cooking on the outside. On 
September 11 they left for Weehawken, N.J., 
where they remained three days, from which 
place George wrote his first letters to friends 
at home, and after that he kept a regular tliaiy 
of each day's doings. 

Of his journey to New Jersey he wrote that 
the weather was disagreeable and rainy; that 
the)' did not sleep much on the boat from l""all 
River to New York ; that when they arrived 
at Weehawken they were given breakfast in a 
very dirty room; that it consisted of baked 
potatoes, ilry, hard beef, and sour bread. He 
says: "It made me think of home, but I am 
not homesick. I did not enlist e.\i)ecting a 
pleasure trij), nor do I e.xpect honors; it was 
pure love of country that gave me manly 
courage to say good-by to the old Granite 
State, and the loved ones who are dearer to me 
than my own life. We have a smart company, 
all good fellows. They are not allowed to 
drink any si)irituous liquors, but if the order 
had not been given I do not think any one 
would get drunk ; not one complains about the 
order. When I left home I thought I should 


have an opijortuiiity to visit ninthcr again 
bcliire going to the .seat of war, hut ciicuni- 
stanees' have prevented; where duty calls I 
must go. " 

(.)n September 15, i.S'6i, they left Weehavv- 
ken for Washington, 1). C, ami joined the 
l-'irst Regiment of Mercian's United States 
Sharpshooter.s as Company K. September 
21 they had their first reconnoissance under 
General Smith, in \'irginia, and bad their 
first skirmish near Lewisville, Va. , September 
27, and then had the first sight of the rebels 
and a taste of their fire. In writing home 
about this first e.xperience in battle, he says : 
"It was something like going out hunting for 
game, when suddenly a thunder shower breaks 
forth with a terrific roar and flashing, and 
gives you a great surprise. Our boys did not 
fiinch or manifest the least fear, but as soon 
as their first surprise was o\-er, which was but 
an instant, took good aim with their rifles 
and set the rebels on the run for safe quar- 
ters. ' ' 

()n the 29th they had another skirmish near 
Falls Church, where one man was shot in both 
legs; the others escaped injur)-. They saw no 
more of the rebs till the ne.xt spring. Dur- 
ing the rest of the fall and winter they were 
with the regiment in Camp Instruction at 
Washington. There the companies were 
thoroughly disciplined and drilled daily at 
target jiractice. George Scales's record at 
the taiget shooting was among the very best. 
One of the letters home .says: "Our camp has 
the ajjpearance of a small city, and is kept 
very neat. The streets are graded and swejjt 
every day ; they are as clean as a house floor. " 

One of the officers from another New Hamp- 
shire regiment, who visited the sharp- 
shooters' camp and saw the men, .says that 
(leorge "ajipeareil like a man of high charac- 
ter, a noble-looking fellow in his uniform of 

dark green, 
of the best 

He was always a young man 
habits in e\ery respect, antl 
fe did not change him. March 20, 
;hey broke camp, and on .March 21 
Company K joined General Fitz-John Porter's 
division. Third Army Corps, near Alexandria, 
Va. . They embarked for Fortress Monroe, 
March 22, arrived there March 24, and landed 
at Hampton. March 27 they led the advance 
of a reconnoissance by Porter's Division, 
through and beyond Bethel, Va. , toward York- 
town. In this move the sharjjshooters won 
high piaise for their bravery and for the work 
they did. They earned a reputation which 
they ever after maintained in the thirty-three 
battles in which they engaged, not counting in- 
numerable skirmishes, the most difficult work 
of all. His letters home were full of burning 
enthusiasm to whip the rebels and send them 
home satisfied to keep the peace forevermore. 
Of himself he wrote: "I have no fear; I think 
I shall come out of the war safe; but should I 
fall, think of me as having willingly laid down 
my life for my country. " 

From April 5 to May 4 they performed such 
efficient service in front of Yorktown, in the 
ritiepits, in silencing batteries and sharp- 
shooters, that they were complimented in 
general orders by the commanding general. 
In his letters home he says: "I have been 
engaged in a lively battle and have come out 
of it alive and well; of course I am exceed- 
ing weary, as it was no easy job to crawl along 
on the ground and drag my rifle with me, that 
we might get near to the enemx's works, and 
then lie cramped up, takijig steady aim and 
making every shot count in knocking out the 
rebel gunners and silencing their batteries by 
killing or driving the men away. It was won- 
derful how quick our sharpshooters coidd 
scoop out a hole and throw the tlirt up in front 
of them, on which they rested their rifles and 


picked nil the icIjs, while tlie iclw cmld nut 
see us. To any nnc junking un, nut of liaiin's 
\va\', it iiiii^lU lia\c sccincd a grand sight; but 
to ns fcUows who were in the front of the 
tight, there was nothing grand about it; it 

not say that I have killed a man, but I took 
deliberate aim antl saw them fall; ])crhaps 
somebody's else bullet hit at the same time. 
( )ne fellow in gray was just on the point of 
liring when I took good aim, fired, anil he 
dropped, not to rise again. I came here to 
do my duty like a brave soldier, and I have 
done it to the best of my ability and I did not 
feel afraid, but must confess I could see no 
fun in being a target for rebel bullets, nor in 
making targets of my fellow-men who are 
fighting for a bad cause." 

The company remained encamped in front of 
Vorktown till May 7. On the Mth they, with 
the rest of the army corps, embarked for West 
I'oint, arriving on the 9th. On the 13th they 
took up the line of march toward Richmond. 
On the 27th of May they took part in the 
battle at Hanover Court Mouse and I'eake's 
Station; June 26 they were in the fight at 
Mechanicsville; June 27 at Gaines's Mill; 
July I, 1862, at Malvern Hill, where he fell, 
killed by a rebel bullet. What those battles 
were, ami the terrible scenes of the conflicts, 
arc vividly described on the pages of many his- 
tories, which need not be repeated here. 
SuCfice to say that where the hardest fighting 
was there was George Scales and his company 
of brave men. 

John Longfellow ]5artlett, son of Judge 
Hradbury liartlett, and grandson of Colonel 
Thomas Bartlett, and great-grandson of Gen- 
eral Joseph Cilley, both of Revolutionary 
fame, was a member of this company of sharp- 
shooters, and particijMtcd in all of the thirty- 
three pitched battles and in the innumerable 

;le day. 

.skirmishes that fell to the lot of tl 
Strange to say he was not wouiu 
was he sick to be in the hospital a 
No braver soldier came ..ut of the war, Mr. 
l^artlett says of his cousin Scales, when he 
was killed:' "We had fought over the ground 
several times till it was strewn with the dead 
of both sides so thick that it was possible to 
walk on nothing but bodies, they lay so near 
together. We were retreating, dodging back 
from tree to tree, to jjrotect ourselves, when 
George fell, and was never seen afterward. I 
was familiar with the click of his rifle, and 
afterward thought that a Confederate took and 
used his rifle, and that I narrowly escaped 
lieing hit by one of the bullets fired by a rebel 
hand. (ieorge was as co(.)l and apparently 
undisturbed in battle as if he had been at a 
target practice, instead of in one of the 
fiercest battles of the war." 

Another member of the company who saw 
him in that battle says: "I shall never forget 
George Scales as I last saw him in that terriffic 
clash of arms. He stood si.\ feet tall, with a 
fine physitpie and commanding presence ; lilack 
hair, black eyes, handsome face, which won 
the confidence and love of all who had any- 
thing to do with him. He stood as straight 
as an arrow, and in that sharpshooter's suit 
of green he looked superb; death hit no more 
shining mark on that day; the rifle which he 
carried was one (jf the best, tried and true, ami 
very effective in the awful work to which it 
was devoted ; a braver soldier never fought on 
a battlefield; had he lived to the end of the 
war he would have merited to have been maile 
a Brigadier-general." 

His remains were never recovered. They 
lie with the innumerable and unnamed dead, 
who had a common burial on the battlefield of 
Malvern Hill, where Union men and Confed- 
erates sleep together. Riujiiiiscat in pace . 



■ON. CHARLl'.S F. STONE.— "Gen- 

cniiis indeed ha.s been the contribu- 
tion which New Hampshire has 
made to other States in character and intellect, 
in power for achievement in business, profes- 
sional and public life. Massachusetts in par- 
ticular has drawn largely from the best blood 
and brain of the Granite State, and the record 
of her noble men is in a great measure a trib- 
ute to New Hampshire energy, ability, and 
worth. Nevertheless, New Hampshire is to 
some extent indebted to other States for valu- 
able accessions to the ranks of her own best 
citizenship. Especially is this the case in 
regard to the legal [irofession, many of the 
more prominent of whose members have been 
natives of the Green Mountain State. Ed- 
mund Burke, William L. Foster, the Bing- 
hams, the Hibbards, Benton, Wait, Ray, and 
others who have attained celebrity at the New 
Ham])shire bar, had their birth on the other 
side of the Connecticut. So, also, did the 
subject of this sketch, although his ancestors, 
as is the case with the ]5inghams, and perhaps 
some others mentioned, were New Hampshire 
people." (H. H. Metcalf, in Grainti Monthly, 
September, 1892.) 

The Hon. Charles F. Stone was born in 
Cabot, Vt., May 21, 1843; and his parents, 
the Kev. Levi H. and Clarissa (Osgood) 
Stone, were also natives of that town. His 
great-grandfather. Deacon Matthias Stone, 
was one of the early settlers of Claremont, 
N.ll. ; and his grandfather, John Stone, with 
three brothers went from Claremont in 1794 
to the wilds of northern Vermont. Among the 
first settlers in Cabot, they cleared farms and 
all reared large families there. John Stone 
married Betsey Huntoon, of Unity, N.H., and 
reared seven sons and three daughters, who all 
attained mature age. Four of the sons became 
Congregational ministers. 

The Rev. T.evi H. Stone, who was John 
Stone's second son, was Ixirn December 10, 
1806. As a minister of the gospel he had a 
long and successful career. Though not lib- 
erally educated, he was an eloquent jiulpit 
orator and a ver\- popular and prominent 
preacher. He held several jjastorates, his first 
— of ten years — being in Cabot, and his la.^t 
in Pawlet, \'t. While in charge of the church 
at Northfield, he was chaplain of the Vermont 
Senate at two sessions of the legislature. At 
the outbreak of the Rebellion he made effec- 
tive addresses at many war meetings, and later 
he served as chaplain of the First Regiment 
of Vermont Volunteers. For several years 
after he closed his last pastorate, he was agent 
of the Vermont State Temperance Society. 
He died at Castleton, January 25, 1892, aged 
eighty-five. He was twice married, and had 
children by both wives. Four of his sons were 
in the Union service during the war, and one 
was confined for some time in Libby Prison, 
another in Andersonville. His first wife, Clar- 
issa Osgood, who was the mother of eight chil- 
dren, died at the birth of her son Charles F. 

Charles F. Stone was reared in the home of 
his grandfather, John Stone, the grandparents 
taking the motherless infant as soon as Mrs. 
Stone was laid to rest. He grew up on the 
farm in Cabot, and, though the freedom of 
farm life developed his physical powers so that 
he attained a vigorous manhood, his early edu- 
cational opportunities were limited; but he 
determined on a professional career, and won 
his way by hard work. He studied two years 
in the academy at Barre, Vt. , then in charge 
of Jacob Spaulding, and, entering Aliddlebury 
College in 1S65, was graduated in the class 
of 1869. The funds for his tuition in the 
academy and the college he earned by teach- 
ing district school in the winter season and 
singing school at different times. 


III the summer nf 1869 he read law in the 
(jlfice (jf e.\-G(iverm)r Joliii \V. Stewart, of 
Middlebiiry, and he was mie year iiriiKipal of 
the graded school in that town, inirsuiiiy; Iiis 
leL;al studies in the evening and at other times 
when not occupied with his school work. In 
I. S70 he entered the office of the Hon. lUlery 
A. llibbanl, of Laconia, with whom he 
studied until admitted to the Liar of lielknap 
County in the March term, 1X72. Immedi- 
ately after he was taken into ]iartnersliii) by 
the late George W. Stevens, the association 
lasting only about a year, Mr. Stevens's brill- 
iant career being cut short by insanity. In 
1880 Mr. Stone became associated with Eras- 
tus P. Jewell, establishing the now well-known 
firm of Jewell & Stone, which ranks among 
the first in New Hampshire. Mr. Stone and 
Mr. Jewell are both "all-round" lawyers, and 
their practice covers a wide range. It is said 
that they have been more extensively engaged 
in criminal causes for some years past than any 
other firm in Belknap County, and their efforts 
in defence are more than ordinarily successful. 

Mr. Stone was reared a Republican and 
sympathized with that party in its anti-slavery 
|irincip!es; but about fifteen years ago he be- 
came dissatisfied with its legislation on finan- 
cial and revenue matters, and joined the Dem- 
ocratic party. In iiS8o he took the stump for 
Hancock and English and spoke effectively 
throughout the State, doing more in that line 
than any member of his party in the past de- 
cade. In 1883-84 and 1887-88, he repre- 
sented Laconia in the State legislature, serv- 
ing during his first term on the committees 
on national affairs and railroads, and during 
his second term on the judiciary and State 
Normal School committees. During each of 
these sessions there was an exciting railroad 
contest, and Mr. Stone was active in antago- 
nizing the "Colby bill," introducetl by the 

Hon. Ira Colby, of Claremont, chairniau of 
the Railroad Committee, in the session of 
1883, and the "Hazen bill," the object of 
controversy in 1887. In the latter contest 
Mr. Stone's speech on the floor of the House 
in the final debate was an able and convincing 
presentation of that side of the case. In 1S92 
he was the choice of the Democrats for Con- 
gress, but was defeated by the Hon. Henry W. 
Blair. On July 3, 1894, he was ajipointed by 
President Cleveland naval officer of the port 
of Boston, and still holds that position. In 
Laconia, his home since 1870, he frequently 
served as Moderator in the town meetings be- 
fore the city charter was granted ; and he was 
a member of the Board of Education seven- 
teen years, and for some time I'resident of the 
board. He was also for two years a member 
of the Board of Trustees of the State Normal 

Mr. Stone was married July 7, 1870, to 
Minnie A. Nichols, of Sudbury, Vt. , who 
died September 23, 1875. She left one 
daughter, I'lora M., who resides with her 
father. On September 12, 1896, nearly 
twenty-one years after the death of his first 
wife, Mr. Stone married Mrs. Isabella Smith 
Munsey, of C.ilmanton, N. H., whose father, 
the late Colonel N.iah E. Smith, has a his- 
toric record. His story may here be briefly 
outlined, as follows: He was born in 1808 in 
Meredith, where his grandparents were among 
the earliest settlers, anil when he was ten 
years of age his parents removed to Gilman- 
ton. He cast his first vote for Andrew Jack- 
son, and on Jackson's second election to the 
Presidency he went to New York City, where 
a company was being organized to operate a 
stage line from Vera Cruz, upon the coast, to 
the city of Mexico. He was soon appointed 
general superintendent of the lines and execu- 
tive officer. Going to Mexico and making the 



acquaintaiKc of Santa Anna, he made the ar- 
rangements tor his inauguratiiii) as I'rcsident 
of the Repuhlic. i\t the time of the outbreak 
of hostilities between Mexieo and the United 
States, Colonel Smith was an old resident of 
the country, but he had no call to interest 
himself in the difficulty until after Major 
dainer and other officers of General Taylor's 
army were taken at Hncarnacion as prisoners 
of war. He arranged for their jiarole after 
they had been incarcerated for seven months, 
and loaned them nearly four thousand dollars, 
which was afterward returned to him. After 
General Scott entered Mexico they presented 
their benefactor with a heavy gold-headed 
cane, upon which was this inscription: "Ken- 
tucky prisoners of war to Noah E. Smith, 
Mexico, 1S47. " This cane is now a valued 
memento and is treasured by his daughter. 
He joined General Scott at Puebla after hav- 
ing many exciting experiences with important 
despatches and afterward became Scott's guide 
and interpreter, serving with him until the 
war ceased. Colonel Smith went to Califor- 
nia during the gold discovery excitement, and 
was at Sacramento at the time of the formation 
of the provisional city government, and was 
one of the council. ]5eing taken sick, he re- 
turned to New Hampshire, where he remained 
for a time. L'nder President Pierce's admin- 
istration he seivcd as mail agent in connection 
with the service to the Pacific coast. After 
serving three or four years, he resigned and 
returned to Gilmanton. He subsetiuently be- 
came a pensioner of the government on account 
of his services in the Mexican War. The 
later years of his earthly life were spent with 
his daughter; and on April 11, 1887, he 
passed to the great beyond. 

Mr. Stone was made a Mason at the age of 
twentv-one, becoming a member of Granite 
Lodge, of Barre, \'t. ; and on his removal io 

Laconia he transterretl his connection to 
Mount Lebanon Lodge of this place. He 
does not choose to forget the days when his 
grandfather's farm was his world, but has been 
a member of Laconia Grange, Patrons of Hus- 
bandry, almost since its organization, and is 
also a prominent member of Belknap County 
Pf)mona Grange. A liberal, progressive 
Christian, he has been for a number of years 
connected with the Unitarian society of La- 
conia. Thoroughly honorable and upright, 
Mr. Stone has gained the confidence and re- 
spect of his fellow-men of all classes. Of 
commanding presence and courteous manners, 
he is a fine specimen of American manhood, 
and a citizen of whom Laconia ma)' well be 

LNRY 15. .SCATES, a prosperous 
farmer and lumberman of Milton, 
was born in this town, P^ebruary 10, 
I S3 1, son of Benjamin and Lovey (Lyman) 
Scales. His grandfather, Benjamin Scales 
(first), who was a native of Lebanon, N.H., 
served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War, 
and was one of the early settlers in Milton. 

l)enjamin Scales (second) was a lifelong res- 
ident of this town, and followed the carpenter's 
trade in connection with farming during the 
active period of his life. In politics he was a 
Whig. He died at the age of sixty-seven 
years. His wife, Lovey L\nian .Scales, who 
was a native of Milton, becan)e the mother of 
eight children, only two of whoiu are living, 
namely: Henry B., the subject of this sketch; 
and Sophia L. , who resides in Boston. 

Henry B. Scales attended the common 
schools until he was seventeen years old, and 
then went to work for a neighboring farmer, 
with whom he remained six years. He then 
engaged in lumbering uijon his own account, 
and has since carried on that business tiuite 


extensively. He (iwn.s a gcind faini containing- 
three hundred acres i>f land, which he culti- 
vates with good results. Politically, he sup- 
ports the Repuhlican party. lie served as 
.Surveyor fifteen }'ears, as Chairman of the 
]lo:ird of .Selectmen three years, as Town 
Auditor, and was Jailer under Sheriff Plum- 
mer for two years. 

Mr. Scates married l^llen Dickson, a native 
of Lehanon, Me. He has no children. He 
is connected with the Independent (Jrder of 
Olid ]-'ellows and the Patrons <if Husbandry. 
He attends the Paplist church. 

fHOMAS L. IIOITT, a retired manu- 
facturer and a veteran of the Civil War, 
who is now residing in 15arnstead, Bel- 
knap County, N.H., was born in this town, 
April I, 1827, son of lienjamin and Mehitable 
(Babson) Hoitt. On the paternal side he is a 
grandson of Thomas Hoitt, who died at sea 
while serving in the United States Navy, and 
was buried in the governor's garden at 
Surinam; and on the maternal side he is a 
great-grandson of General John Stark, the 
famous Revolutionary patriot. 

Benjamin Hoitt, father of Thomas L. , was 
born in Hampstead, N.H., August 11, 17.S.S. 
When a young man he learned the trade of a 
shoemaker in Haverhill, Mass., and later for 
.some years he conducted a shoe manufactory 
in connection with farming in Hampstead, 
N.II. He finally removed to ]?arnstead, 
where he became a successful farmer. For 
several years he served as a member of the 
Board of Selectmen, and he also held other 
town offices. In his religious views a Con- 
gregationalist, he was a member of that 
church, when it was presided over by Mr. 
George, the first settled minister in Barn- 
stead. His wife, Mehitable Babson, was a 

daughter of Isaac Babson, and a grand-daugh- 
ter of General John Stark. 

Her father was doubtless a descendant of 
James ]5abson, of whom J. J. l?abson, the his- 
torian, of Gloucester, Mass., .says, "This set- 
tler and his mother, Isabel, appear to have 
been the sole emigrants to New England of 
this name." Isaac Babson was graduated at 
Harvard College in 1779, and after marriage 
engaged in agricultural pursuits in Hopkin- 
ton, Mass., where he was the owner of a large 
estate. While giving some directions to his 
workmen he suddenly expired without a 
moment's warning. Isaac Babson and his 
wife, h'dizabeth Stark, daughter of General 
John and Elizabeth (Page) Stark, were the 
parents of four children, namely: John, 
Mehitable (Mrs. Babson), and Mary and Sally, 
wdio remained single. John ]5abson resided in 
Manchester, N. H., for some years, but spent his 
last days in Barnstead, where he was buried. 

The Stark ancestors of Mr. Hoitt, as is well 
known, figured conspicuously in military 
affairs in Colonial and Revolutionary times. 
A few particulars of the family history may 
here be given. The name, which is derived 
from the German word "starr," meaning 
stanch, strong, or rugged, is said to have been 
introduced into Scotland in 1495, when a 
number of German soldiers whc had invaded 
England, to support the cause of a pretender 
to the throne of Henry VII., among them 
being some who bore the name of Starr, or 
Stark, were defeated and sought protection 
from the Scottish king. The first known an- 
cestor of the New Hampshire family was 
Archibald Stark, who was born in Glasgow in 
1697. He was educated at the University of 
his native city, and in early manhood moved 
with his ])arents to Londonderry, Ireland. 
There he met and married Plleanor Nichols, 
the daughter of a Scottish emigrant. In 1720 


Arcliibald Stark and his family emigrated to 
America, and the next year settled in London- 
derry, N.H. 

The children of Archibald and Eleanor 
Stark, born previous to their arrival in Amer- 
ica, died of small-pox; and the four sons born 
to them in this country were: William, John, 
Samuel, and Archibald, Jr. Archibald Stark, 
Sr., fought against the Indians in defence of 
the frontier; and the military instincts which 
he inherited he transmitted to his sons, all of 
whom became commissioned officers in the 
Ikitish Colonial service. William, the eld- 
est, was killed by a fall from his horse in 
1776: and John became the redoubtable Gen- 
eral who fought at Bunker Hill, IkMinington, 
and other noted battles of the Revolution, and 
whose brilliant achievements form an im- 
portant part of the history of the Revolution- 
ary War. 

General Stark was humorous as well as 
brave, and when called upon to meet on the 
field of Bennington the soldiers who had been 
hired in Germany, he made that traditional 
speech which has been variously rendered, 
and may be here repeated in one of its fa- 
miliar forms: "Now, my men, these are the 
Hessians. They were bought for seven 
pounds, tenpence, a man. Are you worth 
more? Prove it. To-night the American 
flag floats over yonder hill, or Molly Stark 
sleeps a widow." General John Stark was born 
in Londonderry, N.H., August 28, 1728, and 
on August 20, 175S, he married Elizabeth Page, 
the "Molly Stark" of history— "Molly," it 
is needless to say, being a pet name. They 
had eleven children, as follows: Caleb, Archi- 
bald, John, Eleanor (first), Eleanor (second), 
Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary, Charles, Benjamin 
]'"ranklin, and Sophia. Of these, two sons and 
one daughter died young. Sarah Stark married 
a Mr. Blodgett; Mary married B. F. 

Stickering; Sophia Stark married Samuel 
Dickey; and Elizabeth Stark, as above notetl, 
was the wife of Isaac Babson, and the ma- 
ternal grandmother of the subject of this 

Twelve children were born to Benjamin and 
Mehitable (Babson) Hoitt. Two of them 
died in infanc)-. The others were as follows; 
Ellen, Charlotte, John S., Henrietta, Thomas 
L., Harriet, Francis, William, Sarah, and 

Charlotte Hoitt was born May 17, 1819. 
She married Calvin Sanborn, son of Deacon 
James Sanborn, of Epsom, N.H., and a repre- 
sentative of an old and prominent family in 
this part of the State. Calvin Sanborn was a 
wheelwright by trade, antl carried on Inisiness 
in Barnstead until 1849, when he went to the 
gold mines of California. Upon his return, 
he resumed business in Barnstead on an ex- 
tensive scale, and later patented a water- 
wheel, which commanded a large sale. He 
was recognized as a superior mechanic, and for 
sometime was engaged in superintending the 
building of bridges in the South. He ac- 
quired wealth by the manufacture and sale of 
his water-wheel, and was a generous giver to 
charitable and other worthy objects. Mrs. 
Charlotte Hoitt Sanborn, who is still residing 
in Barnstead, possesses the essential elements 
of true womanhood, which endear her to a 
large circle of friends. She is a member of 
the Congregational church, and has rendered 
valuable aid in developing the usefulness of 
that society. She has no children. 

Thomas L. Hoitt, the special subject of our 
sketch, acquired in his early years a common- 
school education, and at the age of fifteen en- 
tered the emjiloy of Bailey Parker, a merchant 
of Pembroke, N.H., as a clerk. After re- 
maining with Mr. Pai-ker several years he be- 
came manager for J. B. Merrill, with wiiom 


lie subscquciUly was associated, and still later 
he bought him out. In 1855 Mr. Hoitt en- 
gaged in the dry-goods business in -Salmon 
Falls, N.H., where he remained until the 
breaking out of the Rebellion, when he en- 
listed as a first-class musician in the Fifth 
Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers, for 
three years. He served until the close of 
McClellan's Peninsula Campaign, when he 
was honoral)ly discharged on account of fail- 
ing health. In 1S63 he was ap]Kjinted the 
first postal agent between Portland and 15os- 
ton, and some time afterward he engaged in 
the shoe manufacturing business in Lynn, 
Mass. In 1880 he disposed of his business in 
Lynn, and, returning to Barnstead, has since 
resided here. He was instrumental in secur- 
ing the extension of the Suncook Branch Rail- 
way to this town, and is at the present time 
interested in the Beaudry Machine Company. 

In April, 1871, Mr. Hoitt was joined in 
marriage with Martha E. Seavey, of Saco, 
Me. They have one daughter, Henrietta B., 
an industrious and accomplished young lady, 
who excels in both music and painting. Mr. 
Hoitt was made a Mason in Mount Belknap 
Lodge, of Laconia. He is now a member of 
Trinity Commandery, Knights Templar, of 
Manchester, and has advanced to the thirty- 
second degree. He is a member of the Con- 
gregational church at Barnstead Parade. 

a resident of Barnstead, is a de- 
scendant of General John Stark 
of Revolutionary fame. An extended account 
of her ancestry will be found in the sketch of 
her brother, Thomas L. Hoitt, on another 
page. She was born in Barnstead, April 2, 
1S23, daughter of Benjamin anil Mehitable 
(15abson) Hoitt. Her etiucation was received 

at a private school in Manchester, N.II., and 
at Mrs. Hill's High School in the same city. 
She resided with relatives in Manchester for 
some years. Shortly after her return to Barn- 
stead she was joined in marriage with Thomas 
F. Warland. 

Mr. Warland was born in Kennebunk, Me. 
His father, Thomas Warland, worked at his 
trade of currier for many years, and died in 
Woburn, Mass. Thomas V. was reared and 
educated in his native town. Upon reaching 
his majority he went to Pittsfield, N.H., where 
he was engaged in business with an uncle for 
several years. After his marriage he went to 
Woburn, and was in business there until the 
breaking out of the Civil War. At the first 
call for tro(j]is he enlisted as a private in Com- 
pany (i, I'Mfth Regiment, Massachusetts Vol- 
unteers, and participated in the first battle of 
Bull Run. He sustained a severe sunstroke, 
which so disabled him as to render further 
military service impossible, and he survived 
but a year after his retLirn to Woburn. 
He was an able, energetic business man, 
whose prospects were unusually promising. 
His untimely death was sincerely regretted by 
his many personal friends and business asso- 

Mrs. Warland has resided in Barnstead 
about eighteen years amid the scenes of her 
childhood, and in close proximity to her 
sister, Mrs. Charlotte Sanborn, and her 
brother, Thomas L. Hoitt. She is highly re- 
siiecletl and esteenn-d by the entire commun- 
ity, and is a member of the Congregational 
church at Barnstead Parade. 

ham, one of the most prosjierous and 
progressive agriculturists of Straf- 
ford County, was born March 25, 1841, on the 


honiL'stcad where he now resides. He is a de- 
scendant of one of the early settlers of this 
part of the county. His paternal grandfather, 
(onathan Lan-ley, sjient his life in Dur- 
ham. His father, Jedediah Langley, was 
likewise a lifelong resident of this town, 
wliere he followed the occupations of carpen- 
ter and farmer. His mother, whose maiden 
name was Hannah Clay, and who came from 
Dover, had nine other children ; namely, John, 
Smith, Hrackett, Moses, Elizabeth, Caroline, 
Martha, John (second), and Martin V. 

Jerry Langley was reared upon the home 
farm, enjoying with his brothers and sisters 
the facilities afforded by the public schools of 
his district for acquiring an education. At 
the age of fifteen years he began to learn shoe- 
making, which he afterward followed for many 
years, remaining at home, and assisting also 
on the farm. Since becoming the owner of 
the homestead, Mr. Langley has carried on a 
thri\'ing business in general farming. He is 
one of the largest dealers in hay in this local- 
ity. Inlying large quantities of it in the ad- 
joining towns, pressing antl baling it, and 
then shipping it to various points. In 1890, 
in company with one of his sons, Mr. Langley 
bought a line of barges for transporting coal. 
The hrm has now a regidar route from Ports- 
niiiuth to Dover, New Market, and Kxeter, 
carrying on the business under the firm name 
of J. Langley & Son. Mr. Langley's farm 
contains three hundred acres of land, much of 
which he has brought under cultivation, the 
care of this property with his other interests 
requiring the attention of himself and sons, 
keeping them all busil\- employed. He has 
also an interest in the New Market National 
ISank, which he serves in the capacity of Di- 

On October 9, 1864, Mr. Langley was mar- 
ried to Miss Emily V. Emerson, daughter of 

Joshua and Sarah Durgin Emerson, of New 
Durham. They are now the parents of three 
children — Edward I., Charles S., and Carrie 
A. Mr. Langley has been actively identified 
with the town and county government in vari- 
ous offices of imjiortance. He was first 
elected as Selectman in 1S75, and since that 
time has repeatedly been Chairman of the 
]5oard. He has also been Road Commis- 
sioner, and he was a member of the College 
Committee when that institution was located 
in the town. In 1890 he represented Durham 
in the legislature, and in 1894 he was elected 
-Senator from District Twenty-two. A loyal 
supporter of Republican principles, he has 
voted w^ith that party since 1860, when he cast 
his first Presidential vote for Abraham Lin- 
coln. He is an active member of the Ris- 
ing Star Lodge, No. 22, E. & A. M., of 
New Market ; and for twelve years he has be- 
longed to Squamscot Lodge, I. O. O. b"., of 
the same town. While not connected b)- 
membership with any denomination, he con- 
tributes liberally toward the siqiport of 

TlClill-N GALP:, late a successful 
farmer and well-known citizen ol 
the town of Gilmant(Ui, N.IL, was 
born in Gilmantoii, March 20, iSoo. He was 
the fifth son of Joseph and Sarah (Smith) 
Gale, and a brother of Moses S. Gale, the sub- 
ject of the ne.xt sketch but one. Their mother 
was the only child of Abraham Smith, a 
farmer of Gilmanton, whose farm after his de- 
cease came into the possession rf their family. 
Stephen Gale, after receiving his education 
in the district school of his native town, asso- 
ciated himself with his brother John in the 
cultivation of the Abraham Smith farm "on 
shares " for their father, who was actively en- 
gaged in the exercise of his trade, that of 


country blacksmith. After a few years liis 
l)rothcr withdrew, and until after the death nf 
his father he continued to cultivate and ini- 
|M-ove the old homestead, which later became 
his by purchase. lie married lietsey S. Dud- 
le\-, January 20, 1S30. Their children were: 
Rnfns ]•:., born May I, 1S3J, Nathaniel S. , 
born January 13, 1.S57; and Laura A., born 
July 16, 1830. About the year i,S54 he 
bou;;ht an adjoining farm, to which he movetl 
with his family, excejiting Rufus, his elder 

Rufus K. Gale married Mary E. Nelson, 
daughter of John 1*'. Nelson, I'ebruary 14, 
1856, and remained on and cultivated the 
home farm initil August 11, 1862, when he 
enlisted as pri\'ate for three years in Company 
]!, Twelfth Regiment, New Hampshire Volun- 
teers, in which he served with distinction. 
He was wounded at the battle of Chancellors- 
ville. May 3, 1863, but served until the close 
of the war, returning as Adjutant of his regi- 
ment. He then took up his former occu]iation 
of farming, and continued to live on the (d<l 
homestead until about 18S1, when he removed 
to I'enacook, N.ll., and formed a partnei'ship 
witii his brother in the hardware business. 
He still resides in I'enacook. 

Nathaniel -S. Gale, in company with his 
father, successfully prosecuted the general 
farming business. He married May S, 1S66, 
ICmily A. Pcaslee, who died March 8, 1870. 
.Soon after he purchased an interest in a hard- 
ware store in I'enacook, and did business for 
eight years under the firm name of Kvans & 
Gale. At that time his partner died. He 
has since continued the business with his 
brother, under the firm name of N. .S. Gale 
& Co., to the ]iresent time. He married 
for his second wife, October 13, 1S74, 
Sarah P. Gage, daughter of Luther Gage, of 

Laura A. Gale, after graduating from (;il- 
manton Academy, entered upon the voration 
of teaching, commencing in district schools in 
her native town. Afterward for many years 
she taught select schools in Lake Village, 
N.IL, and from there she went to Watertown, 
Mass., where she taught for several years, and 
at the present time is teaching in Reading, 
Mass , hapjiy and successful in her chosen 
]inifession. She married Cyrus H. Campbell, 
of Watertown, Mass., where she still lives. 

After his son left home, Stephen Gale, on 
account of age and infirmity, was obliged to 
abandon farming; and, accordingly, about 
1S74, he removed to I'enacook, there making 
his home with liis son, Nathaniel S. Mr. 
Stephen Gale died January 9, 1S84, respected 
by all, and mourned by family and friends. 
He was of a quiet, retiring disposition, dis- 
liking publicity of every kind. He enjoyed a 
goodly share of the confidence and good will 
of his fellow-citizens, although not desiring to 
hold any of the public offices that might have 
been in their gift. He ever preferred to de- 
vote his time and attention to his family and 
private affairs, always endeavoring to perbu-m 
the nearer duties of life faithfully and well, 
leaving public honors to the numerous and 
eager aspirants for public favor. He was re- 
garded in his community as a man of a gener- 
ous, kindly nature, and as one who well ful- 
filled the apostle's injunction, "much given to 
hospitality." To his wife, who so nobly aided 
him by wise counsel, diligent labor, and 
watchful frugality, much is due for his success 
in life. She is still living, at the advanced 
age of eighty-eight years, happy in the pros- 
perity of her children, and in their companion- 
ship and sympathy. Conscious of the high 
esteem of all who know her, she is ])eace- 
fully descending the hill of life toward the 


;VLVKSTKR J. GALK, a farmer 
and laiul-owncr of Gilmanton, 
X.ll., tlio only son ol Thomas J. 
annah {Sanborn) Gale, was horn in this 
town, h'ebniary lo, 1832. [For further genea- 
Ui-ical particulars of the Gale t.imily, see 
si<etch of Moses S. Gale, the uncle of Sylves- 
ter J. (kile, which is given in the following 

Thomas J. Gale, above mentioned, was the 
son of Joseph and Sarah (Smith) Gale. He 
learned the trade of blacksmithing of his 
father, as did several of his brothers, serving 
with him an apprenticeship of some three 
years. At its completion he started out in 
the same business for himself in Gilmanton, 
not far from the old homestead. Subse- 
(|uently, in company with his brother Abra- 
iiam, he set up a blacksmith shop at Academy 
Corners, in the same town, where he remained 
a number of years. When they dissolved 
their business connection, Thomas J. returned 
to the vicinity of his old home, and started 
out in business anew, but this time alone. 
In those days blacksmiths were in the habit of 
shoeing great numbers of oxen, then used 
instead of horses for general farm work, and 
here he continued successfully to carry on his 
trade until his death, which occurred January 
22, 1874. Thomas J. Gale was a man of calm 
and even temperament, who seldom allowed 
himself to be ruffled by any momentary excite- 
ment, lie was an untiring worker, a model 
husband, a kind father, and a man who made 
many friends. In his political views he was 
a strong, decided Republican. In the earlier 
part of his life he was a prominent and highly 
esteemed member of the Methodist church, 
but later on a change took place in his relig- 
ious views, and he joined the I'ree Will Bap- 
tist denomination. 

He married Hannah Sanborn, the daughter 

of Richard Sanborn, an enterprising, well-to- 
do farmer of Kensington, N. H., anil who was 
one of four sons, to each of whom a large farm 
was given by their father, Theojihilus San- 
born, a large land-owner in that section. 
Thomas J. and Hannah (Sanborn) Gale had 
only two children — Sylvester J. and Edna J. 
luina J. Gale, after graduating from Gilman- 
ton Academy, taught school in the town for a 
while. While engaged in teaching she met 
Mr. Arthur P. Smith, of Waltham, Mass., 
whom she afterward married. Soon after their 
marriage Mr. Smith opened a commercial col- 
lege in Bangor, Me., but subsequently, upon 
an offer of the principalship of the Waltham, 
Mass., High School, he removed with his 
family to that town, where he still resides. 
Mrs. lidna J. Smith died in 1S92 in Waltham. 
She had no children. 

Sylvester J. Gale, like his sister, after pass- 
ing through the district schools of Gilmanton, 
for a few terms attended the Gilmanton Acad- 
emy. He then began to learn the blacksmith- 
ing trade of his father, as the latter had done 
before him of his grandfather, the occupation 
being an hereditary one in the Gale family. 
While working busily at his trade, he at the 
same time engaged in farming, until the 
breaking out of the Civil War. At that pe- 
riod he was a well developed, muscular young 
man, with health as firm and rugged as the 
granite hills of his native State. His strong 
and genial nature 'rendered him very popular 
among his associates. At the first call ot 
President Lincoln for three hundred thousand 
men to defend the imperilled Union, Sylvester 
J. Gale, with lofty patriotism and burning love 
of liberty, instantly seized his musket in her 
defence. He was the first man to enlist in the 
army from Gilmanton, N.H.; and his was not 
only the first name to be registered upon the 
muster-roll of Comi)any B, Twelfth Regiment, 


New Hampshire Vnluntecrs, hut was the first 
in tile regimental list. His e.\anii)le was in- 
stantly followed by a number of his young 
associates, so strong was his influence among 
them. Nearly six feet in height, straight as 
one of the lofty i)ines of his own mountain 
forests, his magnificent physique, jierfect in 
all its proportions, made him a fine soldier. 
Before starting for the seat of war, while the 
troops were being mustered at Concord, N.H., 
he assisted Captain Thomas M. Barker in 
ilrilling the raw recruits. Soon after his en- 
listment he was raised to the rank of Sergeant 
of his company. At the battle of Chancel- 
lorsville he was severely wounded by a bullet 
])issing completely through his leg, just below 
the knee, which inca|Kicitated him for further 
active service in the field, and from this time 
until tlie close of the war he was placed on 
the detached list of the recruiting service. 
At the close of the war he returned home, and 
resumed his old employment of blacksmithing 
and farming. The former business he gave 
up in 1SS2, and he has since applied his whole 
attention to farming, which he has found to 
be a most congenial pursuit. 

He married Harriet S. Oilman, daughter of 
William R. and Judith (Kdgerly) Gilman, of 
(lilmanton. William R. Gilman was the son 
of Joseph Gilman, who died November 26, 
1839, aged si.Kty-seven years. Love D. Gil- 
man, the wife of Joseph Gilman, died June 3, 
iSsTi, aged eighty-two years. Mrs. Harriet 
Gilman Gale taught school in her native town 
for some years previous to her marriage. .She 
is a member of the Congregational church of 
Gilmantcm. Mr. and Mrs. Gale have hail two 
children — Cora Belle and Arthur Everett. 
Cora Belle, after graduating from Gilmanton 
Academy, like her mother, taught schofd in 
Gilmanton and adjoining towns. .She was 
married June 20, 1SS8, to Frank C. Page, of 

Gilmanton, the son of Jnhn S. Page, and has 
two children -Hattie ]5elle Page and Harold 
Gale Page. Arthur Iwerett Gale died Sep- 
tember 25, I.S75, when nine years of age. 

In politics Mr. Gale is a Democrat. He is 
higlily esteemed in the community where he 
resides, and he has twice served on the Pxiard 
of Selectmen of the town. He is a member of 
the Masonic fraternity, also a member of the 
Grand y\rmy of the Republic. 

OSES S. GALE, an extensive 
ner and prominent citizen of 
Imanti.n, N.H., was born in 
this town. May 10, 1815. His jiarents were 
Joseph and Sarah (Smith) Gale. His great- 
great-grandfather, Bartholomew Gale, who 
was a shipwright by trade, emigrated from 
England, and settled in the colony of Massa- 
chusetts 15ay. He had several children, in 
eluding Jacob, Daniel, and others. [The 
names of his children with dates of birth are 
in the old records of Salem, Mass.] 

Jacob Gale, son of Bartholomew, and the 
next in the ancestral line now being con- . 1 

sidered, resided in Kingston in Mas-sachti- • . ; //• 
sett-s, ami was elected for one term as a Re|)- 
resentative to the General Court of the colony 
from that town. Daniel Gale, the son of 
Jacob, and the grandfather of Moses S., was 
born September 2, 1739. He removed to Gil- 
manton, N.H., in 17X0, and died here in 
iSoi. His wife, formerly Patience P-astman, 
who was born December 14, 1734, Ix-canie the 
mother of the follnwing children: .Susan, 
Jacob, Joseph, Shuah, Daniel, Mary, Steiihen, 
and I^lizabeth. 

Josejih Gale, the second son of Daniel ami 
Patience (ICastman) Gale, and the father of 
the subject of this sketch, was born October 
30, 1764. Me was a blacksmith, and taught 



that craft to several of his nunieroiis sons, 
Moses amoD.LC the others. lie was married to 
Smith on April 15, 17SS. and they became the 
parents of the fcdhuvinj; children: Mary, 
Aiiraham, John, I'atience, Daniel, Stephen, 
DiiUv. Thomas, James, and Moses S. Of this 
family of ten, Moses is the only one now sur- 

Moses S. Gale, after acquiring his educa- 
tion in the district school, learned the black- 
smithing trade of his brother Abraham, but 
only followed it for a brief period. He soon 
turned all his attention to farming, a business 
which he has continued extensively and suc- 
cessfully to carry on up to the present time. 
He married Sarah Weeks, the daughter of 
Henry Weeks, of Alton, N.H. l-'our chil- 
dren, two sons and two daughters, were born 
to them. A brief record of the family is as 
ftdlows: Josepli, died at the age of twenty- 
three years, unmarried; Henry and Laurenia 
died young; and Laurenia, second of the 
name, married George Eastman of Sanborn- 
ton, N.H., and has one child, named for his 
grandfather, Moses Gale. 

Mr. Gale, the worthy descendant of a sturdy 
New England Puritan ancestry, is a man of a 
retiring, unostenatious disposition, assiduous 
in the faithful discharge of all the duties of 
life, and preferring the peaceful attractions of 
home and family to the uncertain and stormy 
joys of a public career. The Gale family for 
generations has been distinguished in the com- 
munity where their modest, useful lives have 
been spent by a certain genial kindliness of 
nature, which has rendered them exceedingly 
|)opular among their neighbors and associates. 
Mr. Moses S. Gale is now one of the oldest 
citizens of Gilmanton, and has retired from 
active business life. He and his estimable 
wife are peacefully passing their declining 
days on their own farm, where they have spent 

so many years in company, and together faced 
the varying vicissitudes of human existence, 
enjoying the respect and esteem of all who 
know them. 

§01':L F. SHERBURNE, a prosjicrous 
farmer of Harrington, was born in this 
town, August 24, 1834, son of Jacob 
and Marinda M. (Mescrve) Sherburne. His 
paternal grandfather was Gideon Sherburne; 
and his great-grandfather, John Sherburne, 
came to this country from England, and was 
one of the earliest settlers of 15arrington. 
Jacob and Marinda Sherburne had three chil- 
dren, two sons and a daughter; namely, Will- 
iam H., Joel v., and Sally A. Their only 
living child, Joel E. Sherburne, subject of 
this sketch, received a fair education, being 
first an attendant at the district school and 
later at Durham Academy. At the age of 
twenty he went to Tewksbury, Mass., and was 
an ofificer in the almshouse at that place for 
eight months. Returning home at the end of 
that time, he took charge of the home farm, on 
which he resided until 18S3, wdien he came to 
his present jilace. He owns two farms, which 
together contain about two hundred acres, and 
he carries on mixed farming with profit. 

Mr. Sherburne has twice married, his first 
wife being in maidenhood Miss Annie Young. 
She bore him four children, three sons and a 
daughter; namely, William H., Frank M., 
Flora E., and Leslie M., all of whom are liv- 
ing. In 18S1 he married for his second wife 
Miss Nora E. Richardson, of Harrington, by 
whom he has one child, Joel R.-^lph, now thir- 
teen years of age. 

In political views Mr. Sherburne is a Re- 
publican. He has served on the School 
]?oard for eight years, was Town Collector in 
1872, and Selectman in 1873 and 1874, being 
Chairman of the Board the latter year. 


MNRY SHI':i'ARD, a respected citi- 
zen of Laciiniii, Helknai) County, 
N.II., was Ijorn in Canaan, Grafton 
County, this State, June i6, 1834, son of 
Jolm ami Ko.xanna (l]lod-;ett) Shepard. His 
paternal grandfather, Moses Shepard, was a 
native of Kingston, N.fl., where he was a 
highly respected farmer. He married Abigail 
Swett, and they had seven children, namely: 
Moses; John; Mary; Nathaniel; Calvin; 
Abigail ; and Luther, who died November 2"] , 
1896, at Willisca, la. Moses Shepard died 
in ICast l^loomfield, N.Y. Mary married a 
Mr. Blake, and resided in Canaan until her 
death. Nathaniel was a farmer of Canaan. 
He died in Hanover, N.H. Calvin died at 
Belmont in 18S9, Abigail married Mr. ]?Iake, 
and died in Enfield, N.H. 

John Shepard, the father of Henry, was 
horn in Kingston, N.H., but subsequently re- 
moved to Canaan, where he was engaged as 
farmer and cattle drover for many years. He 
also dealt in sheep pelts. He served as 
Deputy Sheriff of Grafton County, and as Se- 
lectman of Canaan. He and his wife, Ro.\- 
anna, had five chiklren, of whom three sons 
are now living, as follows: Edwin, who is a 
farmer in Canaan; Henry, of Laconia; and 
Augustus, who resides in Lowell, Mass., and 
has a son and a daughter living in Canaan. 
The two that have passed away are Anna B. 
and John .Sanford. Anna B. Shepard married 
Dr. William 1'. Stone, of Danbury, N.H., and 
they have both since died. They left one 
son, lulward I'., a chemist by profession. 
Jnhn Sanford Shepard tiled leaving three sons 
and two daughters. One of his sons is a 
drummer for a large wholesale firm in Boston, 
Mass. The other two sons are in the whole- 
sale grocery business in Eranklin, N.H. The 
daughters also, Ro.Nie and FLliza, reside in 
I'ranklin. John Sanford Shepard tlied at the 

age of seventy-one years, while his wife li\ed 
to be seventy-three years old. 

Henry Shei)ard. the fourth child ,if his par- 
ents, received an excellent education. Alter 
attending the common schools he pursued 
cmirscs of study in Canaan and Newbury 
Academies. Subsequently for eight years he 
was engaged in teaching. For fourteen years 
he was the trustworthy engineer of the Bel- 
kna|) Mills. Lor some years he was a nurse, 
and then he was appointetl janitor of Laconia 
Academy, which position he has acceptably 
filled for ten years. In politics Mr. Shepard 
is a loyal Reindjlican. He served as superin- 
tendent of scho.,ls in iMifield, N.H., for two 
years. He is a member of the following 
fraternal organizations: Mount Lebanon 
Lodge, No. 32, F. & A. M. : Union Chapter, 
No. 7, R. A. M.; I'ythagorean Council, No. 
6, Royal and Select I\histers; and Pilgrim 
Commandery, K. T., all of Laconia. 

I'LVIN ]•:. 15A1515, who luis fur 
lime time been the onl\- undertaker 
in Barnste;Kl and tlie immediate 
vicinity, and also is successfully engaged in 
farming and in the business of wagon and 
carriage making, was born in Strafford, No- 
vember g, 1855, son of .Sampson and Almira 
(Evans) Babb. 

His great-grandfather, .Sam]ison l^abli, came 
herefrom ISarrington, N.H., settling in North 
Barnstead on the Strafford side, where he took 
up a one-hundred-acre tract of wikl hnid 
covered with good timber. At first the grand- 
father built but a jiart of a house, putting it 
together with wooden pegs instead of nails. 
In the September gale of 1816 the roof was 
blown off, and he was obligeil to take his oxen 
and cany his family to the house of his brother 
William in Strafford. The frame of the pres- 


cut house was put u[i by liiiii witli lumber that 
he cut and hewed, and he shaved tlie shingles 
with which he covered it. lie was a remark- 
ably well-preserved man, and lie lived to be 
eighty-five years old. l^oth brothers bore a 
good reputation for honesty, industry, and tem- 
perate habits. Their trading was done in 
rortsmouth, thirty-five miles distant, the jour- 
nev being made on horseback over a road, or 
trail, indicated by spotted trees. Many of the 
tools they used in farming were rudely fash- 
ioned out of such material as they were able 
to secure. In the records of the family special 
mention is made of a harrow with wooden teeth 
that was made by Sampson Pabb. 

Sampson Babb married Susan I'oss, who 
lived over ninety years, and who, to the last, 
was an unusually active woman. They had 
twehe children; namely, Benjamin, Ralph, 
Samuel, Joseph, Fannie, Fliza, Sarah, Debo- 
rah, Susan, Abigail, Louis, and Belinda. 
I*"annie and Eliza died young; Samuel resided 
all his lifetime in this neighborhooil ; Joseph 
died aged about twenty-six years; Sarah mar- 
ried Israel Foss, lived for some years in 
Maine, but finally returned to Barnstead, 
where she died; Deborah and Louis did not 
marry; Susan married Peter Berry, and lived 
in Barnstead; Abigail successively married 
Joseph Holmes and David Goodwin; Belinda 
became the wife of John W. Holmes, of Straf- 
ford, X. II. 

Ralph Babb remained on the homestead, 
which he received in return for caring for his 
parents, and on the condition that he would 
also provide for his sister Deborah, who was 
an invalid. He became a prosperous farmer 
and stock raiser, was a charter memlier of the 
I'ree Baptist church of Strafford, and assisted 
in building the church edifice. He married 
Delilah Hayes, of Barrington, X. H., He 
died at the age of seventy-seven, and she was 

eighty-four at her death. They had si.v chil- 
dren; namel)', .Sampson H., Zekiel, Mercy, 
Delilah, Dyer, and Sarah. Zekiel removed 
to liarnstead Parade and afterw^ard lived there. 
Mercy was twice married, first to John Nutter, 
with whom she lived in Gilmanton; and 
secondly to Thomas Berry, with whom she is 
now living in Barnstead. Delilah married 
Joseph Foss, and lived in Dover, X. H. She 
and her husband are now deceased, having left 
five children. Dyer, who was twice married, 
lives at Barnstead Parade; and Sarah is the 
wife of Oliver Evans, of Barnstead Parade. 

Sampson H. Babb, born on the homestead, 
December 30, 1830, from an early age until he 
reached that of twenty assisted his father in 
the work of the farm. He then went to Straf- 
ford to learn the trade of a carpenter, serving 
an apprenticeship of two years. During the 
ne.xt seven years, he was employed in building 
houses and manufacturing sleighs, wagons, 
cofifins, etc., in Barnstead. He next purchased 
a farm in Strafford; but five years later he 
returned to live with his parents, who were 
becoming feeble with age, and has resided here 
since. He kept up the cotfin-making business, 
besides carrying on the farm, to which he has 
added, so that it now contains two hundred 
acres. In 1S94 he relinquished the care of 
the farm to his son, and is now practically re- 
tired. In politics he is a Democrat; in re- 
ligion a Free Bajitist. Almira, his wife, is a 
daughter of Lemuel Erans, a farmer. They 
have two sons — Melvin E. and Albert. The 
latter, a machinist by trade, is sujierintendent 
of a shoe shop in Pittsneld, N. H. 

Melvin E. Babb, the elder of his parents' 
two sons, received a district schixd education. 
Then he learned with his father the trade of 
a carriage maker and general carjienter, also 
those of undertaker and blacksmith. In all 
these callings he has proven his capability as 


a mechanic and business man. As previously 
.stated, he is the .mly undertaker in this sec- 
tion, doing work not only here but in StralTord, 
Alton, and Farmington. In connection with 
this branch, he owns an expensive hearse and 
a pair of horses with harnesses, etc., C(jm- 
plete. Since his father gave up active labor, 
he has carried on the homestead farm. Me is 
a charter member of Crescent Lake Grange, 
and a member of the North l^arnstead brass 

§OHN D. NITTT1-:R, proprietor of a 
well patronized variety store in liarn- 
stead, was born here, March 30, 1S48, 
son of William S. and Mary E. (Collins) 
Nutter. The father, also a native of Barn- 
steail, born in 1820, was engaged in farming 
from an early age, until he retired from active 
lalior. Also, for several years, he s[)ent the 
winter season in making boots and shoes. He 
had an interest in the Tuttle Mill, now run by 
Thomas F. Seward, which he sold in 1S5G, 
and later in the Collins Mill, which is located 
in the centre of the town. For the past six- 
years he lias been living in retirement. He 
served as a member of the IVjard of .Selectmen 
six years, acting as Chairman a part of the 
time. In this office he won the hearty appro- 
bation of his fellow-townsmen by the able and 
C(.)nscientit)us manner in which he attended to 
his duties. He is unusually well informed 
ui)on all current topics, and his intelligence 
and worth are sincerely apjjreciated. In poli- 
tics he is a Democrat. His wife, Mary, was 
a daughter of John H. Collins, formerly a 
prominent mill-man in this town. She became 
by him the mother of five children; namely, 
John D., Charles C, James A., Frank S., and 
George W. Charles C. , a painter by trade, 
and a resident of Concord, has served in both 
branches of the city government, and is now a 

Representative to t 
died May 31, 1891. 
the homestead, has 
the legislature, and 
sexeral years. He 

-islature. James A. 
;ink S., who resi.les at 
■esented Harnstead in 
L-d as a Selectman for 
married and has two 
children. George W. was graduated from the 
meilicnl de[)artment of Dartmouth College, 
anil began the practice of medicine in Man- 
chester, N.H. Subsecpiently, compelled by 
failing health to relin(.|uish his practice, he 
removed to Salmon Falls, N.H., where he is 
now a well-known physician and druggist, and 
serves as Moderator at town meetings. While 
residing in Manchester, he was elected to the 
legislature as a Democrat. Mrs. William S. 
Nutter died January 2, 1892. A lady of 
su]ierior intelligence and fine educational at- 
tainments, who was loved and respected by all 
who knew her, she exercised an infiuence over 
her children that is largely credited with their 
success in life. 

John 1). Nutter attended the common 
schools, and assisted in carrying on the farm 
until he was seventeen years oUI. He then 
went to the northern part of New York State, 
where he workeil in a saw-mill for eighteen 
months. After returning home he was en- 
gaged in shoemaking. About three years ago 
he became the proprietor of a variety store, 
which he has since profitably conducted. In- 
cluded in his stock are wall paper, sporting 
goods, stationery, and patent medicines. He 
has been identified with local [uiblic affairs 
since i SS6, when he was elected to fill a vacancy 
as Supervisor, and he was re-elected in the fol- 
lowing year. In 1 888 he was elected a member 
of the Board of Selectmen. To accept this 
office he resigned that of Supervisor, and he 
declinetl a renomination in the following 
year. He was electetl Town Clerk by a hand- 
some majority in 1892, and has since filled 
that office with ability. In 1S93 and 1894 he 


received a unanimous vote, and his subsequent 
majorities lia\e l)een large. lie lias been 
Suiierintcndenl ol Police for several years, and 
as Clerk of the School District, a position 
which he has held since 1891, he has several 
times polled a unanimous vote. 

Mr. Nutter has been twice married. For 
his first wife he wedded Grace Thurston, 
daughter of Benjamin Thurston, of Belmont. 
By this union he has had two children: Carle- 
ton j., who died aged si.x months; and I'ioy 
L., who is now a blacksmith. His second 
marriage was contracted with Mrs. Sarah A. 
(Iimerson) Pendergast, a daughter of (jeorge 
W. lunerson, who was formerly a well-known 
carjienter and cabinet-maker of this town. 
Mr. luiierson was for many years [jrominent in 
local affairs, having served as a .Selectman, 
Town Clerk, Representative to the legislature, 
and Deputy Sheriff. Mrs. Nutter is a first 
cousin of Judge Lewis Clark. She taught 
scho(d previous to her marriage with George 
K. Pendergast. liorn of her first marriage 
were three children, of whom the only sur- 
vivor is residing in Minnesota. liy her pres- 
ent husband she has one son, Ralph L. Mr. 
Nutter is overseer of Barnstead Grange, No. 
119. In politics he supports the Democratic 


;oRGh: II. CH1-:SLKY, a machinist 
\WJ^ In' trade, is now engaged in farming 
in his native town of Barrington, 
Strafford County, N.ll. His parents were 
Lemuel and Mary (Merrill) Chesley. His 
father, who was a cooper, settleil in Barring- 
ton about the year iSoo; and here he resided 
during the remainder of his life, working at 
his trade. He and his wife, Mary, had twelve 
cliildren, namely: Sarah, born I''ebruary 4, 
I.S02; John, born October 21, 1S03; Samuel, 
born March 19, 1805; William, born April 8, 

1807; Moses, born March 11, 1809: Lucinda, 
born December 17, 1810; David and Andrew 
(twins), born December 6, 1814; Elizabeth, 
born July 15, l8i6; Plummcr, born September 
10, 1818; Curtis P., born November 8, 1S20; 
and George H., born December 15, 1822. Of 
these but two are living: George H., the sub- 
ject of the inesent sketch; and Elizabeth. 

George H. Chesley sjjent his early years in 
Barrington, and was educatetl in the common 
schools of this place. At the age of eighteen 
he began working at the machinist's trade, at 
which he served a three years' apprenticeship; 
and he subsequently worked for thirty years or 
more in Boston, New York, and other places. 
Retiu-ning to Barrington in 1870, he settled 
on his present farm, which contains about fifty 

In 1845 Mj-. Chesley married Miss Irene E. 
Ham, who died in 1857, leaving two children: 
Evantia V., born May 13, 1849; ^"^ Eeroy 
IE, born P'ebruary 9, 1855. Mr. Chesley and 
Miss p:iizabeth J. Snell were married in Se])- 
tember, i860. They have a daughter, Isabelle 
Blackburn Chesley, born March 10, 1877. 

iiRisT()Piii{R hi:nry WEEE.S, 

whose third term as Mayor of Somers- 
■ worth, N.H., e.\]iired a few montiis 
since, in March, 1897, is widely known as the 
editor and proprietor of the /■nc Pirss and as 
one of the leading Republican politicians of 
Strafford County. He was born in this city, 
July G, 1853, and comes of sturdy New luig- 
land ancestry. His parents were Nathaniel 
and P:iiza ( Thorn) Wells. The Rkvikw gladly 
avails itself of the privilege of here reproduc- 
ing a sketch of his career written by the Hon. 
William D. Knapp: — 

The Wells, or Welles, family in l-ngland is 
of very ancient origin, being clearly traceable 


back to tlic time "f the Norman conquest. It 
is pretty well established that Thunuis Wells, 
a physician, who came to Ipswich, Mass., in 
1635, was the earliest emigrant of that name 
who settled in this country, though several 
t.iniilies (jf Wells came over soon after. .Sav- 
age, in his "Genealogical Dictionary of New 
b'-ngland," states that Thomas Wells came 
to this country in 1635, on the "Susan and 
lillen," from London, with young Kichard 
.Saltonstall, when thirty years of age. Thomas 
was thus one of the earliest luiglish inhabi- 
tants (if Ipswich. He married Abigail, a 
daughter of William Warner and sister of Dan- 
iel and John Warner, all of them people of 
consideration among the first settlers. In 
June, 1657, he went to Wells, Me., and pur- 
chased several hundred acres of land, but re- 
turned to Ii^swich in a few years. On his 
death he left his land in Wells to his son John, 
and for more than a century that town remained 
the home of that line of the family. 

Through Thomas \VeIls, the sou of John, 
and Nathaniel, the son of Thomas, we come to 
Nathaniel Wells, born 1740, died iSiT,, who, 
during his long and useful life, was known as 
Judge Wells. He was one of the most distin- 
guished and valuable of the inhabitants of 
Wells at that time. In 1760 he was graduated 
from Harvard University, where he took high 

ISourne, in his "History of Wells and Ken- 
nebunk," says that Judge Wells was "distin- 
guished for strength of intellect, a tenacious 
memory, deep thought, anil an uncommon 
power of argumentation." He filled many 
positions of trust, and his counsels were much 
relied on by his fellow-townsmen. He was a 
member of several important conventions ilur- 
ing the Revolutionary times, and was a special 
justice of the inferior court of common [ileas. 
Representative to the legislature, and a mem- 

ber of the Senate. "In fine," says liourne, 
"his services were sought for on all matters 
of public interest. He was the people's man, 
fitteil for any station, antl alwa}'s reaily for 
duty. His opinions carried with them great 
weight, and controlled the action of a majority 
of the peo[)le. " He was a contemporary of 
the Rev. Moses Ilemmenway, D.D. , a gradu- 
ate of Harvard, an able preacher and writer, 
and one of the most eminent logicians in New 

Judge Wells's son Nathaniel married luniice, 
daughter of Dr. Ilemmenway before albuled 
to, and settled at Deerfield, N.H., where he 
preached for more than a quarter of a century — 
some of his sermons being nowadays occasion- 
ally jHiblished as models of theological effort. 

The father of the subject of this sketch was 
Nathaniel, the third child born to the Rev. 
Nathaniel and Eunice W^dls; and his mother, 
whose maiden name was l';iiza Thoni, was a 
descendant of William Thom, who was bom in 
1706 in .Scotland, removed to L<jnd(uuleiiy, 
Ireland, and after a short residence in the 
north of Ireland was married to bllizabelh 
Wiar, of the same Scotch race. They emi- 
grated to America, and settled in Windham, 
N.H., in 1730. 

Isaac Thorn, their son, was the first regular 
[jhysician in Windham of whom there is any 
record, and, as Parker's "History of London- 
derry " says, he became distinguished by the 
discovery and adoption of improved methods of 
jjractice in certain cases. He was a prominent 
and influential citizen of the town, and was a 
member of the Committee of Safety during the 
Revolution. In 17SJ he removed to Lontlon- 
derry (now Derry), N. II. James, his son, the 
father of Eliza, was also an important man in 
this community. He was a graduate of Dait- 
mouth, and [jractised law for some years, and 
a part of the time edited a "Constitutionalist" 


iK'wsiKipci-; lie liL'lil various iin|»irlaiit public 
ufticcs. The mother of the late Hon. Charles 
II. liell was a sister of this James Thorn. 
I'liza's mother was Harriet Coffiii, the daugh- 
ter of Dr. William CotTin, who before the War 
of the Revolution was a midshipman in the 
Hritish navy. In 1775 he went to Paris, 
l-'rancc, to complete his education in medicine, 
which was commenced in l^oston, after which 
he returned to America, and when the Revolu- 
tion broke out he resigned his commission as 
midshipman in the British navy, and was ap- 
pointed a surgeon on the brig "Tyrannicide," 
a colony cruiser and public armed vessel of 
fourteen gun,s. 

Nathaniel Wells (fourth) was a lawyer in 
Somersworth from about the year 1S35 until his 
death, which occurred in 1S78. He was able 
and eminent in his jirofession, being counsel 
for large corjiorations and having imjjortant in- 
terests intrusted to him for adjustment. The 
writer of this sketch read law in his office, and 
lecalls with feelings of gratitude and admira- 
tion the kindness of heart, the keenness of 
thought, the quick perception, and the broad 
common-sense of Mr. Wells. 

Christopher H. Wells received his early 
education in the public schools of .Somers- 
worth, and fitted for college in the high school 
under Professor James P. Di.xon. In 1871 he 
entered Bowdoin College, and was graduated 
in 1S75. On leaving college he studied law 
with his father and William R. Burleigh, then 
in [jartnership. While pursuing his law 
studies, he organized and was Captain of the 
famous independent military company known 
as the Great Falls Cadet, which was acknowl- 
edged to be the finest military organization in 
the State. He was admitted to the bar, 
August 15, 1878, being among the first candi- 
dates under the new and strict requirements of 
examination for admission. His father died 

the very day after he was admitted to the l>ar, 
and Christopher soon afterward formed a law 
partner.ship with William R. Burleigh, so lit- 
erally taking his father's pdace that the name of 
the firm. Wells & Burleigh, was adopted by 
the new firm without change. This partner- 
ship lasted about si.\ years. During this 
period young Wells was a plodding lawyer, 
showing in his methods of thought and action 
many traits like those which had characterized 
his father. He may not have had a full re[)er- 
tory of the requirements that distinguished the 
p(3pular advocate, but his ability to become 
an eminent attorney and counsellor-at-law in 
the "all around " sense clearly appeared. 

Before he became a lawyer, before he left 
college even, Mr. Wells had aspirations to do 
something in the literary line. Some of his 
earlier efforts with the pen furnished the te.xt 
for private theatricals and dramatic plays. 
Others were published in the local newspaper, 
and still others found a larger public through 
the columns of more widely circulated papers 
and periodicals. His success in these tentative 
efforts favored his inclinations, and in 1SS3 he 
purchased the Free Press publishing and print- 
ing establishment, and decided to be an editor. 
A year or two later he gave up his law busi- 
ness and devoted himself to his new line of 
work. He has made of the Free Press a strong 
local newspaper, and a leader among the 
papers of the State. Its influence is on the 
siile of that which is just and right and good, 
and it is warmly devoted to the interests and 
welfare of the community. Its literar\- tone 
is also good, and it is readable and interesting. 
For a number of years after graduation from 
college, he was a member of the School Com- 
mittee, and did good work in the cause of edu- 
cation. He was a member of the legislature 
in 1881, and also in 1883, and served on im- 
[Kirtant committees in both bodies. He was 


also a member "f the Constitutional Conven- 
lii.ii (if i.SHo. In i,SS7-,S8 he was a member nf 
the military staff nf (Governor Charles II. Saw- 
yer, with the rank of Colonel. 

In Mareh, 1894, Colonel Wells was eleeted 
Maynr nf Somcrsworth, which up to that time 
had been strongly Democratic. The Demo- 
cratic majority for Mayor in i S93 was about 
fifty, but Colonel Wells was triumphantly 
elected by two hundred and sixty-seven Re- 
publican majority. His legal knowledge ad- 
mirably equipped him for the office of Mayor, 
and he proved himself competent to meet and 
decide quickly important questions which 
arose in the course of the transaction of mu- 
nicipal business. Ilis success as Mayor is 
well established. He endeavored to keep in 
\-iew the best good of the city and the welfare 
of the community, and was the Mayor not of 
any clique or business corpcjration, but of the 
whole city. After he came into office there 
was a reduction of ta.xation, and also a reduc- 
tion in the rate of interest on the municipal 
debt, and a very gratifying ref<irm in [)olice 
methotls. Laws against disturbances on the 
Lord's day were better enforced, and the moral 
lone of the city thereby much improved. He 
was re-elected Mayor in 1895, and again in 
i8(jr), and served out his third term. During 
his mayoralty the city established a municipal 
water-work system, with one of the finest 
pumping stations in the country, and a covered 
sand filter also has com]ileted its sewer system. 
As a speaker Colonel Wells does not pos- 
sess all the powers or tricks of oratory (for 
instance, the trick of hesitating in order to 
make the ne.xt word more impressive), but he 
is forcible and earnest in his delivery, ami is 
sure to engage the attention of his audience 
for the leason that he has something to say. 
He has made a number of jjolitical speeches 
with marked success. As a presiding officer | 

he is well versed in jjarliamentary law, and 
prompt and ready in his decisions. His 
efforts in this line at the banquets of the 
•Strafford County Reiniljlican Club and at 
other meetings have been referred to in the 
most complimentary terms. Colonel Wells 
has always been a Republican in politics. He 
has political influence, not only in the city and 
county, but also in the State. He is a mem- 
ber of Libanus Lodge, A. V. & A. M., of this 
city, and is a thirty-second degree Mason. 
He is also a member of other fraternal organ- 
izations, of the Sons <if the American Revo- 
lution and of several jiress clubs and associa- 

As a citizen he is public spirited and gener- 
ous, always ready to devote time, money, and 
both physical and mental efforts to the public 
good. He is a trustee of the Somcrsworth 
Savings Bank, a director in the local library, 
also in two improvement associations, and has 
been identified with the growth and progress 
of Somcrsworth in recent years. In all im 
portant projects for the increase of Inisiness 
enterprises, and the opportunities for labor re- 
quiring contributions of money, he has been 
among the foremost in zeal and liberality. If 
not the first, he was among the first to inaug- 
urate the movement which resulted, in Febru- 
ary, 1S93, in obtaining a charter and establish- 
ing the city of Somcrsworth. 

Mr. Wells is a member of the society con- 
nected with the Congregational church, of 
which his father was a member, and his grand- 
father and two of his uncles were able and 
worthy ministers in the same denomination. 

Mr. Wells was married June 15, 1887, to 
Miss Ora Hartford, of Dover, N.II., a lady of 
refinement and elegant taste, qualified to at- 
tract and retain friendships. Though quiet 
and unobtrusive, she can entertain with genu- 
ine i-'olitenes,s. Their home presents a pleas- 


iiig conibiiKitiuii of taste and culture, coiiiturt 
witlidiil lu.Niny, and elegance without display. 
In society Mf. Wells is agreeable and witty, 
genial and haiipy. lie enjoys an intellectual 
feast, and is able to make liberal contributions 
to the entertainment, lie has moved his print- 
ing and publishing establishment into new 
(luarters, and now has one of the finest offices 

)und in New England, 

§AMb:S ELIOT FERNALD, late of 
I'"armington, StratTord County, N.ll., 
was for many years one of the leading 
merchants of the town and a citizen of [iromi- 
nence. lie was born September 29, 1S30, in 
Springvale, Me. ; and on July 28, 1895, in the 
sixty-fifth year of his age, sustained and 
soothed liy an nnfaltering trust, he passed 
through the portals we call death, leaving a 
devoted family and hosts of friends to mourn 
his loss. 

I\Ir. T'ernald was of distinguished ancestry, 
l)eii)g a lineal descendant of Dr. Reginald 
Eernald, who was among the earliest settlers 
of Portsmouth, N.H., being a leading man in 
the colony, and the original owner of Fer- 
nald's Island, the present site of the Ports- 
mouth Navy Yard. Robert Fernald, father of 
James ICliot, was engaged in mercantile iiur- 
suits at Springvale, Me., in his earlier man- 
hood days, but later removed to South Ber- 
wick, and there made his permanent home. 
He married Aiijjhia Cofifin, who bore him 
seven children, namely; Charles; James E., 
sul)ject of this sketch; John; Martha; Lewis; 
.Maria; and Sarah. He had a former marriage, 
the fruit of the union being a daughter Betsey. 

James E. P'ernald was but a child when his 
parents removed to South Berwick, where he 
was reared and educated, and for a time was 
employed as a clerk by Elisha Jewett and also 

by Williau) Morton. In 1S51 he came to I-arm- 
ington, accepting a jjositiou in the store of 
Pierce, Jewett & I*"lynn, and the ne.xt year was 
made Station Agent on the Dover & VVinnipi- 
seogee Railway in this town. He was sidjse- 
quently made a conductor (.m the road, having 
charge of a train running from Alton Bay to 
Dover, and for three years made his home at 
Alton Bay. In 1857 Mr. P''ernald returned to 
Farmington and established the business in 
which he was afterward engaged until his 
demise. In a building owned by Jeremy 
and Alonzo Nute, and located at the en- 
trance of ICast Grove Street, he openetl a 
general variety store, dealing in dry goods, 
groceries, hardware, etc. By application to 
his business he was so successful that in a few 
years he was able to buy the building at the 
corner of Main and Central .Streets known 
many years ago as Steamboat Hotel. Into 
this he put a stock of such goods as were then 
found in a first-class village store, and in the 
years that followed built up a substantial antl 
prosperous business. This store was known 
far and wide as the Old Corner Store, and 
around its huge and friendly stove men gath- 
ered in winter evenings while the owner stood 
busy at his desk, handed out the mail — for 
part of this time he was the village Post- 
master — or waited ujion his many customers. 
The great enterprise of Mr. F"ernald's life 
was the establishment of the Farmington Au'ws, 
one of the best local and family newspapers 
in the .State, the best and most enduring 
monument to his business ability. Stowed 
away in an iniused corner of the oflice is a 
small old-style novelty press, on which Mr. 
P'ernald learnetl the rudiments of the printer's 
art. From this printing outfit was evolved the 
Farmington Nrtus of to-day, with its quarter- 
medium, super-royal, and ISalicock presses run 
by steam-power, together with all the machin- 



ery and iniiirovements of a first-class iiews- 
jiaper and jnh printing office. Mr. 1^'crnald 
was a self-made, self-educated, and thdrdiighly 
practical man. A thorough mechanic, his 
knowledge of machinery was something re- 
markable, antl tlie Xi'c.'s office bears testimon)- 
thereto. The establisliment of the AV^l's was 
made by Mr. I'"ernald mainly in view of the 
talent of his only son, George W. , which 
[iromised success in the editing of the sheet. 
After the decease of the son on November 2, 
iSgo, Mr. l'"ernald continueil the publication 
of the iVca-.v, on lines known to have been con- 
sidered by his son, until his own death, July 
2.S, 1895. The i)roperty is now in the hands 
and uiuler the supervision of his wife, from 
whnm it receives careful attention. 

Mi-. I<"crnald was prominent and influential 
in financial, religious, and political circles, 
being officially connected with the local banks 
and with the Congregational church ; and al- 
though a strong Democrat, he served as Town 
Treasurer under a Republican administration, 
this fact alone showing the high estimation in 
which he was held by the community. He 
also served as Chairman of the I^oard of Se- 
lectmen for two or three years. He was a 
Mason in I'raternal Lodge, l''. & A. M., ^f 
l'"armingti}n ; and was also a member of the 
Knights of Pythias and of the Knights of 
llonnr, and did much to jiromote the advance- 
ment of each order. 

A devoted frientl has well said: "Mr. h"er- 
nald was most faithful and watchful of the 
interests placed in his care, and his word was 
as good as his bond. Kvevy worthy cause was 
sure to receive his aid and merit to find a 
heliiful hand. He (like the lamented son, 
who was his father's devoted friend anti com- 
panion) would have suffered much rather than 
advance anything which would tend to public 

In all things he was faithful unto death, and 
well might the words of the poet l)e inscribed 
U])on his monument : — 

" liy him the truest rest is won 
Who toils beneath the noonday sun, 
Faithful until his work is done." 

On May 12, 1.S53, Mr. Fernald married 
Miss Laura A., daughter of the late Judge and 
Mrs. Geoige L. Whitehouse, who survives 
him. Mr. and Mrs. Fernald's only child, 
George W. , a civil engineer and railway con- 
structor, died November 2, 1 .S90, at the age of 
thirty-six years, leaving a widow and one 
daughter, Miss Bessie Fernald. A full ami 
complete sketch of the son will be found in 
another part of this work. 

§O.Sl':i'H L. ODia.L, a retired druggist 
of Lakejiort, 15elknap County, was born 
in New Hampton, this couiity, March 
12, 1831, son of William and Hannah ('I'uttle) 
Odell. His earliest known ancestor, Thomas 
Odell, resided in Stratham, N. II., and had two 
sons: Thomas, of Nottingham; and James, of 
Stratham. Thomas, of Nottingham, was tlie 
father of six sons, namely: John, of Durham, 
N.H. ; James, of Salem, Mass.; Jacob, of 
Durham ; Noah, of Boston, Mass. ; Joseph, of 
Sanbornton, this county; and one of Iowa. 

Joseph Odell, the grandfather of Joseph L. , 
was a farmer and shoemaker in Sanbornton, 
and officiated as Deacon of the Calvinist Bap- 
tist church. He married a Miss Ford, and 
they had six sons: Jacob and Joseph, of San- 
bornton; William, of Laconia; l-^benezer and 
David, of Sanbornton; and Ira, of Randolph, 
Mass. The father died when he was compara- 
tively young. William Odell, the father of 
Joseph L., was born in 1804. He became a 
shoe dealer, managed a grocery store for many 



years, tauf;ht a singing-school, and was a Dea- 
con and chorister of the Free Haptist church. 
His wile, Hannah, wiio was a daughter of 
Stiuightcin 'I'uttle, of Nottingham, had five 
chiKhen hv him. These were: Nancy, who 
was horn in New Hampton, N.H. ; Sarah, who 
was a native of Laconia; Mary E., who died 
in Montreal, Can. ; Mary Anna, who died in 
Lakepiort; and Joseph L. , the subject of this 
hiographv. The mother, who was born in 
iSdj, died at the age of fifty-eight years; the 
father died in 1862, at the same age. 

Jo.seph L. Odell acquired his education in 
the common schools of his native town and 
Gilford Academy. He was afterward a teacher 
for a number of years. In 1S54 he established 
a drug store in Lakeport, which he managed 
successfully until his retirement in 1892, a 
period of thirty-eight years. In his political 
affiliations Mr. Odell is a Republican. He 
was Justice of the Peace for thirty year.s. 
During the late war he was a recruiting 
officer and now does much iiension business. 
In 1863 he was elected Selectman in Laconia 
and served three years. In 1864-65 he was 
Representative to the legislature, serving on 
the Engrossing Committee. For fifteen years 
he was an efficient member of the town Board 
of Education, and for the past three years he 
has served on the Laconia School Board. 
Since the incorporation of Lake Village 
Savings Bank, he has served as a Director of 
that institution; and he has been a member 
of its e.xamining committee for several years. 
The office of Town Treasurer was also accept- 
ably filled for a period by him. In 1896 he 
was appointed Associate Justice of the Lake- 
port Police Court. 

Mr. Odell in 1854 married Abbie Swain, a 
native of Morgan, Vt. Born March 17, 1834, 
she died March 4, 1895, leaving one son, 
Willis P. Willis P. Odell was a student in 

Tilton Academy, and was graduated from 15os- 
ton University in 1880, which institution has 
conferred upon him the degree of Doctor ot 
Divinity, and in 1896 that of Doctor of 
Philosophy. He officiated as Pastor of the 
Methodist F.piscopal Church at Cliftondale, 
Mass., for three years; at Salem, Mass., for 
three years; in Maiden, Mass., for five years; 
of the Delaware Avenue Church of Buffalo, 
N.Y., for five years; and in 1895 he was ap- 
pointed to preach in the Richmond Avenue 
Methodist Episcopal Church of the same city, 
over which he has been settled one year. 

Mr. Joseph L. Odell exercises much influ- 
ence in church affairs. At the age of eleven 
years he joined the P""ree Ilaptist Church, and 
for over forty years he has officiated as super- 
intendent of the -Sunday-school, being next to 
the oldest member now living. He has been 
actively identified with temperance organiza- 
tions, serving as Secretary of the Grand Lodge 
of Good Templars for eight years, and for 
more than twenty years managing a I^anil of 
Hope Society which he organized. He intro- 
duced the temperance pledge into the public 
schools; and he has the names of four hundred 
children in Ward Six who have signed the 
pledge. In 1888 he made an e.xtensive lui- 
ropean tour, visiting the Holy Land, Switzer- 
land, Italy, Alexandria, ascending the Nile to 
Cairo, anil returning home by wa\- of Athens, 
Milan, and Paris. 

(J|tRA K HILL, a prosperous farmer of 
hi Durham, Strafford County, was born 
alL at Northwood, Rockingham County, 
N.H., March 10, 1845. He was educated 
chiefly at Northwood and Strafford Academies, 
and continued to live on the farm where he 
was born until 1870, when, at the age of 
twenty-five, he went to Dover, where he was 


engaged as clerk for three years in the store of 
John r. Hill. From Dover he went to I'itts- 
fiekl, where he worked in a .store until 1S76, 
when he came to Durham and inu'chased the 
farm upon which he now resides. He is here 
profitably engaged in general farming and 
dairying. The farm contains about one bun- 
dled and twenty acres, and is pleasantly lo- 
cated on the road from Dover to Lee, being 
about four miles west of Dover. 

Mr. Hill was married in 1876 to Miss 
I'~rances Randall, of Lee, N.H., and they have 
two children — Harry R. and I-'rank H., both 
of whom reside at home. 

Mr. Hill is a stanch Republican, and in 
1.S93 was a Reiiresentative to the Lower House 
of the New Hampshire legislature. He has 
also served as Town Supervisor four }'ears. 

^^T^/aIJJO kirk IHLL, a prominent 
vfeV resident of East Tilton, and a mem- 
ber of the firm of Stone & Hill, 
contracting masons, was born in Sanbornton, 
December 18, 1S6S, son of Charles K. and 
Ruth M. (Hunkins) Hill. His great-grand- 
father, Joseph H. Hill, born in Bow, N.H., 
was a son of the original ancestor of the fam- 
ily in America, who came from the North of 
Ireland. It is thought that the birth of Jo- 
seiih H. Hill must have taken place between 
the years 1765 and 1 771, as his grandson, 
Charles, remembered hearing him say that he 
was nine or ten years old at the time of the 
Revolutionary War. He was known as Hemp 
Hill, according to Father Crockett's record 
of his marriage, which was contracted Decem- 
ber 25, 1799, with Hannah, daughter of Jo- 
seph Gilman, wdio was probably a resident of 
Bow. Joseph IL, or Hem]) Hill, settled in 
Sanbornton, where he resided for the rest of 
his life. He was the father of nine children, 

of whom Aaron, grandfather nf Waldo K., 
was the youngest. 

Aaron Hill was born in Sanl^ornton, Ajiril 
19, iSig. His opportunities for acquiring 
an education were limited, and when a mere 
boy he began to learn the mason's trade. He 
followed that calling in connection with farm- 
ing, gaining the reputation of an excellent 
workman, and died April 10, 1873. I'oliti- 
cally, he was a Democrat. He married Eliza- 
beth Sanborn, who was born August 4, 1822, 
daughter of David Sanborn, of Sanbornton. 
Six of her seven children grew to maturity; 
namely, Charles K. , George E., P'rank D., 
Sarah E., Fred A., and Mary A. Sarah ]•:. 
married George L. Gladding, and Mary A. 
married Frank P. Dalton. The father was a 
chorister of the Methodist b;piscopal church at 
liast Tilton, of which he and his wife were 

Charles K. Hill, the father of Waldo K., 
was born in Sanbornton, April 28, 1S47. At 
the age of sixteen he commenced his appi'en- 
ticeship at the mason's trade, afterward be- 
coming a skilful and reliable workman. He 
had the energy and ability necessary to suc- 
ceed in life, but he died in 1875, aged twenty- 
eight years, regretted by many who esteemed 
him highly. He was a member of the Odd 
Fellows Lodge in Laconia. In politics he 
supported the Democratic paity. His wife, 
Ruth, was born March 20, 1849, daughter of 
Josiah Colby. She was adopted by Hezekiah 
Hunkins, who changed her name to Ruth 
Melinda Hunkins, and she was married under 
that name. She became the mother of two 
children — Waldo K. and Adna E. Charles 
K. Hill was a member of the Methodist Epis- 
co]3al church. 

Waldo K. Hill was educated in the public 
schools of his native town, ami afterward 
learned the mason's trade with his uncle. 


Frank D. Hill. In 18^16 a partnership was 
formed between Mr. Hill and his uncle, under 
the firm name of Hill & Hill, and they carried 
on a good business for about twenty-three 
years. In 18S9 Henry II. Stone, of Laconia, 
was received into the firm, which is now 
known as Stone & Hill. The partners are 
favorably known throui;hout the State as 
capable and reliable contractors. In their 
business they employ an average of forty-five 
men. Waldo K. Hill is personally recognized 
as an enterprising and progressive young busi- 
ness man, and is very popular in this locality. 
He served as Supervisor for two terms, and he 
has also been Highway Agent. 

I'rank D. Hill, the senior member of the 
lirni, acquired a common-school education, 
s]X'nt his youth upon the farm, and learned 
the mason's trade. On January i, 1S78, he 
wedded Mary Jane Dalton, daughter of John 
Dalton, of Sanbornton. In politics he is a 
Democrat. He is connected with Arch 
Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and with Winnis- 
quam Grange of East Tilton. Mrs. Hill is a 
nu-mlier of the Methodist Episcopal church. 

IHWIN C. LEWIS, of the Laconia 
Daiiociat, is a man whose word, 
written or spoken, has much weight 
with his fellow-citizens. He was born in 
New Hampton, I^elknaji County, N.H., No- 
vember 28, 1836, a son of Rufus G. and Sally 
(Smith) Lewis, and comes of an enterprising 
and well-to-do family. 

Rufus G. Lewis, son of Moses Lewis, was 
born in ]?ridgewater, now Bristol, Grafton 
County, in September, i Soo. In early man- 
hood, going to New Hampton, he entered the 
store of his future father-in-law, Daniel 
Smith, whom he eventually succeeded in busi- 
ness, and, establishing several branch stores, 

developed increasing responsibilities. He did 
not confine himself to mercantile operations 
alone, but made successful ventures in other di- 
rections; and in 1848 he and his brother, with 
another gentleman, bought out the Alabama 
Land Company. Some of the property pur- 
chased at that time is still in the possession of 
the Lewis family, and is yearl_\' increasing in 
value with the development of the New South. 
In politics originally a Whig and an enthusias- 
tic admirer of Daniel Webster, who was coun- 
sel for his father, Colonel Rufus G. Lewis 
was afterward converted to the Democratic 
sitle. He belonged to the State militia, as 
ditl his father. In the temperance cause he 
was intensely interested, and he lived up to 
his i)rincii)les, being the first merchant in 
New Hampton to stop selling intoxicating 
liquor. The house in which he lived was the 
first raised in the town without rum. 

A public-spirited citizen. Colonel Lewis 
obtained the charter of the present New 
Hampton Institution, to which he gave from 
his own private resources fifteen thousand dol- 
lars. He was a member of the Orthodo.x Con- 
gregational church at Bristol. Kind-hearted 
and generous, he was courteous and agreeable 
in his manners, and was beloved by rich and 
poor. His death occurred in the fall of i86g. 
His wife, who was the youngest daughter of 
Daniel Smith, one of the most enterprising 
and successful merchants ever known in the 
history of New Hampton, died in 1878, aged 
seventy-two years. They reared four chil- 
dren, namely: Rufus; Edwin C. ; Sarah 
Eliza, wife of Frank C. Gordon, of Biddeford ; 
and James P., who for the past twenty-five 
years has been employed in the post-office de- 
partment at Washington, D. C. 

Edwin C. Lewis fitted for college at New 
Hampton, and was graduated at Harvard in 
1859. He read law for some time in the 


f)fficc nf Swcetscr & Gartlncr at Lowell, Mass., 
hut his studies were intenupted iiy his father's 
si'iidiis illness, and he did not resume them. 
Ill July, iSjS, in company with I^ed W. San- 
born, he purchased the Laconia Dcuiocrot , a 
weekly paper, which was for the next four 
years under the management of Lewis & San- 
born. Mr. Sanborn then retired, and was 
succeeded by Messrs. Brown & Vaughan. 
They have enlarged the paper to twice its 
original size, so that it is now an eight-page, 
fifty-si.x column weekly. With his liberal ed- 
ucation and his knowledge of the world, Mr. 
Lewis is well qualified for the editorial chair, 
and the paper is one of the brightest weeklies 
published in the State. As its name implies, 
it is devoted to the interests of the Demo- 
cr.-itic party. Mr. Lewis served for two years 
as County Treasurer. In 1890 he was a mem- 
ber of Governor Tuttle's Council, a.ssociated 
with Mr. Ramsdell, now Governor of the 
State. He has served on the Laconia School 
Board, and has for years been a Trustee and a 
member of the Iv\ecutive Committee of the 
New Hampton Institution. 

In 1890 he was united in marriage with 
h:ii/,a B., daughter of David and Sally (Wal- 
lace) Hilton, of Sandwich, N.H. He was 
Master of Union Lodge, No. 79, F. & A. M., 
of Bristol, N.H., for a number of years; and 
is a member of Union Chapter, No. 7, 
K. A. M.; and Pilgrim Commandery, K. T. , 
of Laconia. He attends public worship at the 
Orthodox Congregational Church. 

iHARLES H. B1-:RRY, an active and 
enterprising manufacturer of h\arming- 
ton, was born April 7, 1859, in the 
town and county of Strafford, son of Plummer 
Ci. and Abbie A. }•:. (French) Berry. He is 
of Fnglish descent, and his paternal grand- 

father, Peter Berry, was the founder of the 
family in this county, having settletl in -Sti'af- 
ford when a young man. Plummer C). lierry 
was brought up on a farm, and, becoming 
familiar with its labors while yet a youth, he 
continued in agricultural pursuits, remaining 
in Strafford until toward the close of his life. 
Removing then to l-'arniington he afterward 
made this his home, dying here in 1S87, aged 
fifty-eight years. He married Miss Abbie 
A. F. P'rench, of Barnstead, who bore him 
four children, as follows: Charles PL, the 
subject of this biography; Susan I., now the 
wife of John B. Leighton, of P'armington: 
Levi P'., who died in March, 1871, at the age 
of eleven years; and Ar<lena, the wife nf Tim- 
othy p]. Breen, of this town. 

Charles IL Berry attended the schools of 
his native town until about twenty years of 
age, and for three years thereafter assisted in 
the management of the home farm. The en- 
suing three years he spent in Connecticut em- 
ployed in various capacities. P'rom there he 
went to Concord, N.H., where he spent tliree 
years as an attendant at the asylum. In 1S71 
Mr. l?erry came to P'armington, and for the 
first four years of his stay he was successfully 
engaged as a confectionery manufacturer and 
dealer. He then established his present busi- 
ness of manufacturing heels and soles, in 
which he has been exceedingly prosperous, his 
energy, industry, and wise management meet- 
ing with a well-merited reward. 

On April 11, 1893, Mr. Berry married 
Miss Clara Barker, of P'armington, a daughter 
of Hiram and Maria (Hayes) Barker, and a 
sister of Hiram H. Barker, whose biography 
on another page gives a more extended history 
of her ancestors. Mr. Berry takes no active 
part in local affairs, but is an earnest supporter 
of the principles of the Democratic party. 
He is a member of Harmony Lodge, No. 11, 


K. of P., of Farmiiigton, and a prominent 
worker in the organization. Mr. and Mr.s. 
Herry are broad in their religious views, while 
they are liberal contributors toward the sup- 
])ort of the Congregational church, which they 
reeiilarlv attend. 

/ I^^JkORGE v. card, a well-known 
\j!> I resident of Farmington, and one of 
the brave men who fought for the 
Union in the Civil War, is a New Hampshire 
man by birth, having been born July 28, 1842, 
in New Castle, Rockingham County. His 
grandfather, who was a pioneer settler of that 
section of the State, came of good old English 
stock. iMlward Card, also a native of New 
Castle, was a seafaring man, much of his life 
having been spent in island fishing. He died 
at hi.s early home in 1S53, aged forty-five 
years. He possessed the habits of industry, 
honesty, and thrift, characteristic of the true 
New I'Jiglander, and was held in high regard 
as a man. While he was a Wliig in politics, 
he never sought public office. He married 
Frances A. Francis, also of New Castle. Of 
their eleven children, si.\ are living; namely, 
William W'., Thomas J., George V., James 
W., Charles G., and I'^annie A. I-'annie A. 
is the widow of Albert Dawkins, late of 
Haverhill, Mass. 

George V. Card obtained his education, 
such as it was, in the town of his birth. 
Leaving school at the age of eleven, he fol- 
lowed the sea for a year or more. He came 
to I'armington in 1859 to leai'n the shoe- 
maker's trade, and since that time, excluding 
three years spent in the army, he has been 
prosperously engaged in the shoe business in 
this locality. On August 11, 1862, he en- 
listed in Company C, Thirteenth New Hamp- 
shire V'cdunteer Infantry, of which C. O. 
]$radley was appointed Captain, umler the 

command of Colonel A. F. Stevncs. With 
his regiment he took part in the battles of 
I'redericksburg and the siege of Suffolk, and 
the engagements at Cold Harbor, Kingsland 
Creek, Providence Church Road, Walthall 
Road, Drewry's Pluff, and Redoubt McConie; 
and he was at the front in the mine explosion 
at Petersburg and in the capture of Richmond. 
At the close of the war he was honorably dis- 
charged with the rank of Corporal, having 
been but five days away from his regiment 
during his entire term. On returning to 
Farmington, Mr. Cartl resumed work at his 
former trade in the shoe factory of the late e.\- 
Congressman A. Nute, where he remained 
until Mr. Nute"s death in 1885. Mr. Card is 
a strong Republican in politics, and he now 
represents this town in the General Court at 
Concord, to which he was electetl for a term 
of two years in 1896. He is very prominent 
and influential in Carlton Post, No. 24, 
G. A. R., of which he was Commander three 
years. Adjutant four years, and is now the 
Officer of the Day. He was also for three 
years on the staff of Department Commantlers 
Corliss, Wyatt, and Linahan Farr. 

Mr. Card was married September 28, 1862, 
to Miss Nancy J. Sampson, of De.xter, Me., 
daughter of William D. Sampson. The)' are 
the parents of seven children, three of whom 
have died. The survivors are: Gertrude K.. 
Lizzie 15., Edward F., and Faith. The family 
attend the Baptist church. Mr. Card is one 
of its active members, and was for some years 
superintendent of its Sunday-school. 

TON, to whose enterprise and jiidi- 
; spirit Laconia and the lake 
region of New Hampshire are largely indebted 
for their present stage of development, be- 


oivcd ti) one of the oldest families, both in 

umtry and ui r.nglantl. 

The '^Dooms- 

day Book," which was compiled A.n. ioS6, 
shows that bearers of the original name De 
Miilton accompanied William the Conqueror, 
in his invasion of ICngland, and subsequently 
aided him in subjugating the country. 
Thomas de Alulton, known tn the Normans as 
Lord de Vaux, and called Lord Gillesland in 
Cumberland, was a favorite of Richard I., ac- 
cording to Sir Walter Scott in "The Talis- 
man," and was probably the Thomas de Mul- 
ton who signed the Magna Charta in 1215. 
Another Thomas de Multon, whose signature 
appears in the great charter of King Kdward 
I., granted in 1297, is believed to have been a 
grandson of the first Thomas. Sir Thomas de 
Multon owned Multon Hall in Wilberton, 
Cumberland County, now an interesting ruin, 
and the heads of the family were Lords of 
Kgmont, in the same county. The arms borne 
by the different branches of the family differed 
only in minor details until 1571, when the 
escutcheon received the following: "Moulton 
—argent, three bars; gules between eight es- 
calop shells, sable; 3-2-2-1, crest on pellet, a 
falcon rising argent." No less than seven 
representatives came to this country in the 
earliest days of the Colonies. One of these 
went to the Jamestown settlement in Virginia. 
Jnhn and Thomas Moulton, of Norfolk County, 
I'jigland, who made the voyage in 1635, and 
settled in Newbury, Mass., became residents 
of Hampton, N.IL, in 1G3S, as shown by the 
presence of their names in the list of the first 
settlers of that place. 

The John Moulton just referred to, born in 
luigland in i 599, was the founder of the 
American family to which the subject of this 
sketch belonged. A leading man among the 
settlers of Hampton, he represented them in 
the General Court in 1639. By his wife. 

Anne, he became the father of seven chihhen 
— Henry, Mary, Anna, Jane an.l ]!ridget 
(twins), John, and Ruth. John, Jr., a native 
of Newbury, born in i''>3S, was a Lieutenant. 
He married Lydia Taylor, whose father, An- 
thony Taylor, was also one of the first settlers 
of Hampton. Born of the union were: 
Martha, John, Lydia, Daniel, James, Nathan, 
David, Anna, Lydia, Jacob, and Rachel. 
Jacob, who was born in 168S, on December 
10, 1714, married Sarah Smith. Slie died in 
1739, and his death occurred in 175 i. Their 
children were: Sarah, Lydia, Nathan, Doro- 
thy, Jonathan, and John. 

Jonathan, afterward known as General 
M<iulton, the great-grandfather of John Carroll 
Moulton, was born in 1726. In 1763 he and 
sixty-one others were granted the Aloultonljoro 
township. The following story of the manner 
in which he alone obtained the grant now 
covered by Centre Harbor and New Hamilton 
illustrates the shrewdness for which he was 
distinguished: "Having a very fine ox, weigh- 
ing fourteen hundred pounds, fattened for the 
purpose, he drove it to Portsmouth, and made 
a present of it to Governor Wentwurth. He 
refused any compensation, but said he wduld 
like a charter of a small gore adjoining M<uil- 
tonboro." The Governor granted this simple 
request, "which put General Moulton in pos- 
session of a tract thereafter called by him 
New Hampton, containing nineteen thousand, 
four huntlred and twenty-two acres." His 
rank of General was won by meritorious ser- 
vices in the Revolution, he having previously 
fought bravely in the Indian Wars. In 1777 
he had charge of the important at Sara- 
toga. He was a Representative in- the Gen- 
eral Court from 1755 t.> 1758, and in July, 
1774, he was one of the four delegates sent to 
the I'rovincial Congress at Exeter, which was 
held for the purpose of choosing delegates for 


the Continental Congress. Besides aiding 
largely in developing the district north of the 
hike, he is credited with having brought Moul- 
tonhoro, N. II., and Centre Harbor into exist- 
ence. His death occurred in i "SS. 

]!y his first wife, Abigail .Smith Moulton, 
he became the father of 15enning Moulton, 
who, born May 21. i-r.i, settled in Centre 
H.irbor in 1783, and died there December 23, 
1.S34. In 1783, November 7, Benning mar- 
ried Sally Leavitt, who bore him si.\ children 
— Nancy, Jonathan Smith, Thomas L., Ben- 
ning, John H., and IClizabeth. Nancy mar- 
ried Jonathan Moulton, and lilizabcth became 
the wife of Daniel Hilton. Jonathan Smith 
Moulton, the father of John Carroll, was a na- 
tive of Centre Harl^or, born November 14, 
17S5. He was profitably engaged in a mer- 
cantile business, at the same time carrying on 
a large farm. In politics he supported the 
Democratic jwrty. He died March 17, 1855. 
His wife, Deborah Neal Moulton, whom he 
married in November, 1808, passed awa)' in 
lioston, January 24, 1886, at the venerable age 
of ninety-seven years. Both were members of 
the Universalist cluirch. They had eleven 
children, namely: William Carroll, who died 
in infancy; John Carroll, deceased; Sarah 
Ann, Mrs. Simon Crane, of Boston; Amanda 
IMelvina. who died in infancy; Otis Monroe, 
deceased; Charles .Smith, deceased; Frances 
Maria, Mrs. Moses Fairbanks, of Boston; An- 
drew McCleary, deceased; Jose])h Neal, de- 
ceased; John S. O., of Boston; and Abea 
Wentwortb, Mrs. Charles H. Somes, of 

John Carroll Moulton was bom December 
24, iSio, at Centre Harbor, N.H. After the 
usual attendance at the ilistrict school, he 
spent several terms at Holmes's Academy in 
Plymouth, N.H., and was subsequently under 
the instruction of Master Dudley Leavitt, the 

distinguished mathematician and astronomer. 
On leaving Mr. Leavitt's care he had acquired 
a proficiency in mathematics that proved very 
useful to him afterward. His vacations were 
generally eni]iloyed in assisting his father on 
the farm or in the store. He began business 
on his own account in Sandwich, Carroll 
County; but after a few months there he 
transferred the venture to Centre Harbor, 
where he was more prosperous. In 1833 he 
started the first hotel in the place, and con- 
ducted it for some time very successfully. 
Three years later he engaged in a manufactur- 
ing business in Lake Village. He came to 
Laconia, then Meredith l?ridge, in 1841, and 
here resided for the rest of his life, becoming 
a most potent factor in the town's subsequent 
progress. His first enterprise was the lielk- 
nap Hotel, which he conducted in a manner 
to make it quite popular. Then he sold books 
and drugs for a time. After that he was ap- 
pointed Postmaster of the village by President 
Tyler, was reappointed by President Polk, and 
had held the office for si.\- years when he was 
removed by President Taylor for what would 
be described to-day as "offensive partisan- 
ship." President Pierce restored him to 
office, and he was retained in it by President 
Buclianan: but, shortly after the beginning of 
President Lincoln's administration, he was 
sujierseded by a Republican. 

In 1 86 1 Mr. Moulton was received into 
partnership by the celebrated Laconia Car 
Company, the successors of Charles Ran let & 
Co., freight-car manufacturers. The celebrity 
of the firm was won afterward, chiefly through 
the personal attention Mr. Moulton gave to 
the business. With the lapse of time the 
shops were frequently enlarged, the number of 
workmen was increaseil, so that the pay roll 
showed a monthly disbursement of eight thou- 
sand dollars, and to the building of freight 


cars was added that of the linest passonL;cr 
cars. When the entire factdiy was destroyed 
by hre in February, 1881, Mr. Moulton im- 
mediately bei;an to rebuild it, and in less than 
a month work was resumed. This remarl<able 
instance of energy was i^iven by Mr. Moulton 
in his seventy-first year, and when, with the 
ample fortune he had then acquired, he might 
have justifiably retired from business. His 
connection with the company continued for 
nine years more, after which he withdrew. 
The firm has since gone out of business. In 
1865 he conceived the idea of establishing the 
Laconia National Bank, to accommodate the 
business interests of the town. After much 
trouble he obtained the requisite charter, car- 
ried the project into effect, and thereafter 
served the institution in the capacity of Presi- 
dent for the remainder of his life. Dating 
from 1 868 he was the sole proprietor of the 
Gilford Hosiery Corporation, whose annual 
output averaged about one hundred and 
twenty-five thousand dollars, and which gave 
emi)loyment to many operatives, chiefly 
women and girls. He and Benjamin E. 
Thurston owned and conducted the Hour and 
grain mill at Laconia. On one of his later 
birthdays he commenced the erection of the 
Moulton Opera House in Laconia, which was 
opened August 23, 1887, with Rene, then 
starring with the Redmund-Barry company. 

On July 15, 1833, Mr. Moulton was married 
to Nellie B. Senter, daughter of Samuel M. 
Senter, a descendant of Colonel Joseph Senter, 
one of the earliest settlers of Centre Harbor. 
The children of this marriage were: lidwin 
C, Samuel ^\. S., William II., Horatio F., 
anil Lla L. lulwin C, who became a prosper- 
ous business man, is now deceased. Samuel 
was associated with his father in various enter- 
prises. He was also connected with the La- 
conia Street and Gas Light Company, first as 



a time successively in the New Hampshire 
Volunteers and the United States Cavalry. 
He died May i i, 1896, aged forty-eight years, 
nine months, and ten days. William H. died 
young. H(U-atio !•". , now a resident of Cali- 
fornia, where he is engaged in the paving 
business, was formerly the superintendent of 
a hosiery mill in Columbia, S.C. Ida L., 
after receiving her education in St. Mary's 
Convent School at Manchester, N.IL, was 
married November 2, 1870, to Joshua Bennett 
Holden, of Boston. 

Mr. Holden, who was born in Woburn, 
Mass., March 5, 1850, is [jrominent in Massa- 
chusetts politics. Having served for two 
years in the Boston Common Council, and for 
two years more in the Massachusetts House of 
Representatives, he is now a member of the 
State Senate, to which he was elected from 
the Back Bay district of Boston by a large 
majority. While in the lower chamber he 
served on each of the Committees on Kail 
roads, Constitutional Amendments and Bien- 
nial Elections, and was the Speaker (pid tern) 
on frecpient occasions. He has large busi- 
ness interests in Boston. His winter residence 
is located on Gloucester Street, corner of 
Beacon in that city. On an (dd ancestral es- 
tate of fifty acres in Billerica, Mass., is his 
summer residence, "Bennett Hall," where the 
late Governor Greenhalge, Mayor Quincy, of 
Boston, President Tuttle, of the Boston & 
Maine Railroad, and other tlistinguished men 
have been his guests. He and Mrs. Holden 
are the parents of si.x children, namely: Anna 
Ellen, born April 2, 1872; Mary IV-nnett, 
born September 25, 1874; Joshua Bennett, 
born December 20, 1876; Nathalie P' ranees, 
born February 26, 1880; Gladys Plleanor, born 
September 18, 1886; and Gwendolyn Moul- 
ton, born July 28, 1889. Mrs. Holden's 



niDtlK-r dicil NovLMiiher l8, 1860: and her 
lalhcr married Au-ust 16, i,sr>6, Sarah A. Mc- 
Dmi-all, a huly of many estimable qualities. 
Mr. Moulton died in 1894. 

In reli-ious faith and affiliation Mr. Moul- 
ton was a Unitarian. He was one of the 
organizers of the Unitarian Society in La- 
con ia, was among the most generous contrib- 
utors to the buiUling fund, and was the donor 
at Christmastide in 1890 of the magnificent 
memorial window in the church edifice. His 
political principles were those of sound Dem- 
ocracy. He representeil the Si.xth District in 
the State Senate of 1871-82, was elected to 
the Governor's Council in 1874, and in 1876 
was a delegate to the National Democratic 
Convention, in which he was proposed as a 
Presidential Elector on the Tilden ticket. 
He was a Uniform I'atriarch of the Indepen- 
dent Order of Udd Fellows, having been a 
charter member of W'innipiseogee Lodge, 
which was established in Laconia in 1842. 
I'ublic-spirited to a high degree, no well-con- 
ceived plan for promoting the welfare of the 
community was refused his aid. Enterpris- 
ing, energetic, and resourceful, he was a 
t\'[)ical New England man, and he has writ- 
ten his name imlelibly un the pages of the 
history of Laconia. 


jwns and cultivates one of the larg- 
jst farms in New Hampton, was 
born A|)ril 14, 1S37, where he now resides, 
son of Jonathan h'olsoni and lumice T. (Goss) 
Kelley. The first ancestor of the family in 
America was Darby Kelley, a bright, ener- 
getic Irishman, who is supposed to have 
landed on one of the Isles of Shoals. But 
little is known of Darby Kelley's early life, 
e.xcei^t that he had been a schoolmaster in the 




ilry. He imwH 
mouth, and subsequently 
N.H., about the year 1600. 

Samuel Kelley (first), son of Darby ami 
great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch, 
was born in E.\eter in 1733. He learned the 
carpenter's trade, which he followed until he 
was forty-two years old, and then started with 
his family to make a home in the wilderness. 
He settled upon a tract of land now within 
the limits ot New Hampton, A courageous 
anil persevering man, by the aid of his gun 
and traps he furnished food for his family, 
until he had cleared and cropped a piece of 
ground. The work of improvement continued 
until he possessed a good farm, with substan- 
tial buildings. Public-spirited to a high de- 
gree, he built the first meeting house in New 
Hampton. This building, which was used as 
a place of worship, a town house, and for all 
jjublic gatherings, remained just as he left it 
until 1875, when it was remodelled. Nearly 
the entire township of New Hampton was 
owned by him. He died in 1774. Of the 
childern born to him and his wife he reared 
ten; namely, Petsey Bowdoin, Samuel, John, 
Nathaniel, Sarah, William 1:!., Jonathan, 
Dudley, Martha, and Michael B. Betsey 
Bowdoin Kelley, born March 6, 1757, married 
Thomas Simpson, and died October 30, 1829; 
Nathaniel married Betsey Pitman; Sarah mar- 
ried J. P. Smith, and he died in 1840; Will- 
iam 15. was born in 1769, wedded Mary Smith, 
and died February 23, 1825; Jonathan fol- 
lowetl the sea; Dudley moved to Youngstown, 
Pa.; and Martha became the wife of Samuel 
Page, and died in Steubenville, Ohio. 

Samuel Kelley (second), grandfather of 
Samuel G., born in Brentwood, N.H., Febru- 
ary 12, 1759, received a share of his father's 
property, and passed the most of his life in 
the vicinity of Kelley Hill. He married Abi- 


gail Roberts, who was born in IMercilith, 
N.I I., Juno 5, 17GJ. To each of his cliildren 
as they attained maturity he gave a farm, 
Michael B, and Jonathan F. receiving the 
homestead. He died February 20, 1832, and 
his wife died Octol)er 15, 1846. Jonathan 
h'cdsom Kelley, father of Samuel G. , was 
born in New Ham[)ton, May 13, iSoj. He 
succeeded with his brother, Michael U., to his 
father's farm, and the active period of his life 
was spent in its cultivation. In politics he 
was originally a Democrat. Later he was a 
Free Soiler; and he joined the Republican 
movement at its formation. He married for 
his second wife, I{unice T. Goss, who was 
born b'ebruary 22, 18 10, daughter of John 
Goss, of Brentwood. She became the mother 
of five children, four of whom grew to matur- 
ity; namely, Lucy li., Samuel G., Abigail, 
and Sophia M. Lucy M married for her first 
Inishand Samuel L. Pattee, of Alexandria, 
N. II. ; for her second, Obidiah liastman, of 
Sanbornton; and for her third, John Flanders, 
of New Hampton, where she now resides. 
Abigail became the wife of George Bean. 
Both parents attend the Free Baptist church. 

Samuel Grover Kelley acc|uired his educa- 
tion in the district school and at the New 
Hamilton Literary Institute. He has enlarged 
the original farm left to him by his father, 
from one hundred acres to two hundred and 
fifty. Cultivating about si.\ty acres, he raises 
an average of sixty tons of hay annually. Be- 
sides this he winters twelve cows, and fur- 
nishes the creamery with a large quantity of 
milk. On January 13, 1874, he married 
Sai'ah F. Shaw, daughter of Samuel Shaw, of 
Chichester, N.H. They have one daughter, 
Sa^lie M., who is now the wife of Milo L. 
Like, of New Hampton. In politics Mr. 
Kelley is a Republican. He served on the 
iMiard of Selectmen for four years. 

S1':RVF, a progressive agriculturist 
of Durham, was born here, I-'eliru- 
ary 7, 183S, son of Smith and Abigail 
(Fmerson) Meserve. His father was born and 
reared on a farm in Dover, where, when a 
young man, he was emphiyed for sonu' years as 
a clerk in a store. About the year 1830 
Smith Meserve engaged in farming, the occu- 
pation to which he was bred, coming to Dur- 
ham, and locating on a farm soon after his 
marriage. Two years later he removed to the 
farm now owned and occupied by his son, 
Winthrop S. Meserve, who is the only child 
born of his marriage with Abigail lunerson. 
This homestead formerly belonged to his 
wife's family, it having been purchased by one 
of her paternal ancestors. Captain bjiierson, 
in 1718. It subsequently descended to her 
father, of whose family luit one member is 
ni)w living. This is Lben T. I'"mersoii, who 
was born on this farm in 1S2S, and is now 
making his home with Deacon Meserve. 
Smith Meserve died in August, 1842. His 
widow livetl until June 3, 1SS6. 

Winthrop S. Meserve acquired the rudi- 
ments of his education in the district schools, 
after which he pursued the more advanced 
courses of the academies of Durham, Berwick, 
and Hampton. At the age of eighteen years 
he assumed the management of the farm, 
which he has since inherited, and on wdiich 
the greater part of his life has been spent. ll 
is situated on the old road running between 
Durham and Madbury, four miles north-west 
of Dover, and contains one hundred acres of 
good land. In bringing this farm to its pres- 
ent high state of cultivation, Mr. Meserve has 
labored with untiring energy and steadfastness 
of purpose. He carries on general farming 
and dairying, and he has been very successful. 
He is a straightforward business man, usiiiij,- 



excellent jLiilL;meiil in cill matters pertaining 
to public or private interests. lie has served 
with credit Id himself, antl to the satisfaction 
of all concerned in several public capacities, 
being electetl thereto on tlie Democratic 
ticket, which he invariably supports. The 
latter occasions were notable, as the county is 
a Republican stronghold, and es[)ecially not- 
able were his elections in 1891 and 1892 to 
the office of County Commissioner. He has 
been Highway Surveyor, Selectman for two 
years, Overseer of the I'ocjr for three years, 
and he has been Justice of the Peace since 

Mr. Meserve was united in marriage No- 
vember 30, 1861, to Miss h:ii^a A. Tuttle, a 
native of Dover, and a daughter of Thomas 
and Hope (Twombly) Tuttle. Deacon and 
Mrs. Meserve are the parents of two children, 
one of whom, Caroline E., died in infancy. 
The other child, Andrew I-:., resides in the 
village of Durham. Mr. Meserve is an active 
and valued member of the Congregational 
church of Durham. He has been a Deacon of 
the society since Ajiril, 1877. He was the 
clerk (jf the church f(jr twenty-six years, and 
he was the clerk of the parish for more than a 
score of years. 

ARDNKR COOK, the senior partner 
(jf G. Cook & Son, a prosperous lum- 
ber firm of Laconia, has the distinc- 
tion of having cut the hrst stick of timber 
usetl in the now far-famed Laconia Car Works. 
He was born at Beach Hill in Cami^ton town- 
ship, Grafton County, August 23, 1824, a son 
of Jacob and Relief (Merrill) Cook. His 
great-grandfather, Samuel Cook, moved from 
Newburyport, Mass., to Canii)ton. Ephraim 
Cook, the grandfather, born in 1765, was a 
native and a lifelong resident of Campton, a 
well-to-do farmer and a prominent member of 




the Orthodox clui 
Moses, was a Gen 
Jacob, Garchier Cook's father, was also born 
in Campton. He was a farmer and a miller, 
was engaged principally in grinding grain, and 
died in Gilmanton, N.H., at the age of 
seventy-one. Of his children — six boys and 
five girls — five are now living. 

Gardner Cook acquired his education in the 
common schools of Campton. He afterward 
worked for about two years and a half in a 
bleachery in Lowell, Mass., and then spent 
about a year in his native town. In March, 
1S49, he found work in what is now known as 
the Laconia Car Shops, then just opened, and, 
as stated above, cut the first stick of timber 
used there. Nine months later he left to 
take charge of the Whitcher pail factory. 
i\mbitious and enterprising, he regarded no 
position as permanent, but was steadily look- 
ing forward to bettering himself. In 1852 he 
formed a copartnership with VV. H. Leavitt, 
and started in the lumber business, uniler the 
firm name of Leavitt & Cook. The venture 
[irospered, and the partnership lasted thirteen 
years. Mr. Cook subsequently luirchased Mr. 
Leavitt's share in the business, and eventually 
took his son, Addison G. , into partnership, 
on which occasion the present firm name was 

Mr. Cook has ct)nnection with other im- 
portant enterprises. He is a stockholder in 
the Laconia & Lake Village Water Works; a 
Director in the Laconia Electric Lighting 
Company; a Director in the People's National 
Hank of this city; a Trustee of the Laconia 
Savings ]5ank; and was for a time on the 
Board of Trustees of the Lakeport National 

In 1S47 Mr. Cook was united in marriage 
with Martha Allen. They have two living 
childien, namely: Frank D., of the Frank D. 


Cook Lumber Company of Nashua, N.ll.; and 
Aildison G., the junior member of the Laconia 
firm of G. Cook & Son. Mr. Cook is a 
straight Republican and strong Trotectionist. 
He cast his first Presidential vote for John P. 
Hale in 1845, '^"'^' was an ardent snpjjorter of 
Fremont in 1856, and of Lincoln in i860. 
In 1873-74 he served as a member of the State 
legislature, to which he was elected from Gil- 
ford, serving on the I'inance Committee and 
on the Railroad Committee. It was he who 
introluced and obtained the passage of the 
bill for the division of the town of Gilford. 
A member of Winnipiseogee Lodge, No. 7, 
I. (). O. F., of Laconia, since 184Q, he has 
held all the chairs in the lodge; and he was 
a charter member of Laconia Fncanipment. 
He has also been a delegate to the Grand 
Lodge of New Hampshire. Mr. Cook is a 
member of the Free Baptist Society of La- 
conia, and he sang in the choir for twenty-five 


An able bvisiness man, he has earned 

a name for doing well all that he untlertakes, 
and he is highly esteemed wherever he is 

nent and 

WFNTVVORTH, a promi- 
well-to-do agriculturist of 
]^\armington, was born here Novem- 
ber 10, 1S20, son of William Wentworth, Sr. 
The familv, which comes of English origin, is 
one of the iddcst in this section of the county. 
Mr. \Ventworth"s grandfather, Jonathan Went- 
worth, was a jMoneer of l-'armington. Jona- 
than came when there was but a little hamlet 
where since has grown a flourishing and popu- 
lous township. William Wentworth, Sr., 
was born in the house which was subsequently 
his home for the forty years of his life, and 
where he reared his children. Succeeding to 
the homestead that his parents reclaimed 
fiiim the wiUlerness, he added to its improve- 

ments, and was engaged in agriculture until 
his early death. An industrious, upright, 
law-abiiling citizen, lie was held in much re- 
spect, and e.xerted a good influence in his 
community. In politics he was actively 
identified with the Democratic party. He 
married Miss Huldah Hussey, who bore him 
five children, of whom three are living. 
These are: Micaijah, of Rochester; William, 
the subject of this biographical sketch; and 

William Wentworth remained on the home- 
stead until seventeen years old, obtaining his 
first knowledge of books in the district school, 
and being well trainetl to habits of honesty 
and economy by his parents. After following 
a farmer's life in this vicinity for a time, he 
went to Rochester, where he remained fifteen 
years. In this period he was first employed 
in the occupation of butcher. Then he kept a 
grocery and hardware store for three years. 
Disposing of his store, he opened a livery 
stable, which he managed about a year. The 
following seven years were spent in the coal 
and grain business. At length he returned to 
I'armington, purchased the Ricker farm, and 
there he has since resided, carrying on gen- 
eral farming and dairying with reinarkable suc- 
cess. He has two hundred acres of land well 
adapted for the crops common to this part of 
New Fngland, and keeps about thirty head of 
cattle in his fine dairy, having had at one time 
as high as one hundred heatl. The good judg- 
ment of the proprietor is everywhere apparent 
on the estate, which com|xires well, in i)oint 
of impr()vements and appointments, with any 
in the locality. 

Mr. Wentworth married in April, 1848, 
to Miss Martha Demerritt, tlaughter of Mark 
r^emerritt, and they have become the parents 
of five children. Of these two are deceased. 
The others are: Emma, a resident of New 


York: Ora, who lives at home; and Mattie, 
vvlio is princii)al of the grammar school at 
y\rlington Heigiits, Mass Mr. Wentworth 
has been an adherent of the Democratic party 
since early manhood. He has always taken 
much interest in the welfare of his town and 
count}', aiiling and encouraging the measures 
most beneficial in his opinion to the general 
|)uhlic. In the \'ear 1S42 he was a Represen- 
tative to the General Court at Concord. He 
is a veteran Mason, belonging to Motolinia 
Lodge of Rochester. 

]5ERR\', a prosperous 
ir many years .Selectman 
irn here, April 
Iv (Stan- 


if Joseph H. and ] 

as born March 20, 1794. 

1 the war of 1S12, and 

hundred and sixty acres 

George Ik-rry, who lived 

, then Jiarrington, N.H., 

The first wife's children 

Iknjamin, -Susan, I 

Abigail. Joseph H. was 

ed from .Straf 

Isaac, and 
the only child by 
the second marriage. He renn 


other chi 

in 1S24. His wife Polly was the eldest 
hter of William Stanton, who had seven 
Iren. The Stanton family record is 
ra, born August 31, 1792; 
I'olly (Mrs. Berry), born September 7, 1794; 
Sally, born July 15, 1796; Nicholas, born 
December 9, 1798; l-^phraim, born November 
20, iSoo; ICzekiel, born February 15, 1S03; 
Tamson, born February 2, 1S06; Betsey, born 
October II, iSio. Joseph H. and Polly 
IJerry had three children; namely, Sarah, 
Louisa A., and Joseph K. The father died in 
1873, aged seventy-nine, and the mother in 
1870, aged seventy-si.\. Sarah, their eldest 

child, died when four years old. Louisa A. 
Berry has taught school for several years. 

After first attending the district schocds, 
Joseph E. Berry took up some of the higher 
branches of study at Gilmanton Academy, and 
also at Tilton Seminary, which he attended 
one term. When he had finished his school- 
ing, at about twenty-one years of age, he 
joined his father in carrying on the farm, hav- 
ing previously assisted between the sessions of 
school. He now owns the original farm and 
seventy acres additional. F>om i860 to 1S66 
inclusive, with the exception cf the year 1863, 
he was on the Alton Board of Selectmen, 
which during those years was obliged to do 
much extra work on account of the demands of 
the war, and he and Amos L. Rollins were 
members of the board when the town raised 
their war debt. He is a stanch Republican, 
as was his father. 

On October 26, 1853, Mr. Berry married 
Miss Mary E. Huckins, daughter of John D. 
Huckins, of Alton. She was born in Mad- 
bury, StrafTord County, N.H., where her 
parents resided until their removal to Alton in 
1837. She had two brothers and two sisters; 
namely, Lucy C. , Hannah, Andrew, and John 
I. Huckins. Lucy is married to Durrell S. 
Chamberlain; Hannah is the wife of Dr. 
Rufus l^-arle, of Milton, N. H. ; Andrew (de- 
ceased) lived in Alton; John I. resides in 
Farmington, N. H. Josejih E. and Maiy 
Berry have but one child living, a son, Will- 
iam H. Their only daughter, Mary Ellen, 
died when seven years old. 

After acquiring a district school education, 
William H. Berry learned the trade of a 
blacksmith and wheelwright, serving a two 
years' apprenticeshii) with Asa Garland, of 
North Barnstead. He then began blacksmith- 
ing on his own account in Alton, also working 
at farming with his father, and has a good 


biisiiicss. He has been a Selectman of 
Alton three years, and is otherwise actively 
interested in town matters. Upon the organ- 
ization of the North Harnstead Grange, I'atrons 
of Ilusliandry, he was chosen Master, and con- 
tinues to be a member. He is married to 
Martha A. Garland, a daughter of Asa Gar- 
land, of whom he learned his trade. She was 
graduated from New Hampton In.stitution, and 
taught several years. Mr. and Mrs. William 
H. Berry have two chiklren; namely, Mary 
Gertrutle and rhilii) Kay. 

I S. ANNIS, M. I)., a successful 
medical jiractitioner of Rochester, 
was born in Littleton, N.H., De- 
cember 29, 1856, son of Aniasa S. and Mercy 
W. (I'almer) Annis, his father being a farmer 
and laborer by occu]uition. When the subject 
of this sketch was quite young, his parents 
took him to Manchester, N.H., where he spent 
some years (jf his early life, attending the 
common and high schools. Later he was 
graduated from the I'eterboro High School, 
after which he returned to Manchester and 
clerked for two years in a clothing store. He 
next entered the New Hampshire Conference 
Seminary and Female College at Tilton, 
where he remained three years. Subse- 
tpiently, he began teaching in Jaffrey, Chesh- 
ire County, and was later thus (jccupicd two 
years in the Conant High School, tw(j years 
in the high school in Peterboro, and five years 
at Harvard, Mass., being principal of the 
different schools. He then entered the Boston 
University School of Medicine, where he 
studied for a year, doing the regular work of 
two years in one. On leaving the University, 
he entered Hahnemann Medical C(dlege, in 
Chicago, 111. Still later he spent two years 
in a Chicago hospital, and received his Meili- 

cal Degree in 1891. The following three 
years he practised his jirofession in Chicago, 
coming to Rochester in 1.S94. 

Dr. Annis was married October 9, 1889, to 
Miss Lucy M. Walbri.lge, daughter ..f the 
Rev. William H Walbridge, of I'eterhnn,. 
He has two children — Rurnham Walbridge 
and Jennette Kmily. 

Dr. Annis is a member of Harvard Lodge, 
No. 60, I. O. O. F., of Harvard, Mass.; the 
Grand Lodge of Mas.sachu.setts ; Union l-ln- 
camimient of Peterboro; Humane Lodge, No. 
2 1, A. I'". & A. ^L ; the Mount Aaratt Senate, 
No. 603, Knights of Ancient F^ssenic (^rder ; 
and the Chicago Medical Society. He and 
his wife are members of the Unitarian church. 

tensively engaged in lumberint. 
Lake Wiiinepesaukee, and is 
I)rominent young business 


IS born in this town, October 2f>. 
1 of Knos G. and Adeline (I'iper) 
His paternal great grandfather was 

one of the earliest settlers of Alton, and Jere- 
miah, the father of P'.uos G., lived and died 
here. ]5oth the great-grandfather and grand- 
father followed the occujiation of a farmer. 
Finos G. was also engaged in agriculture; but 
in addition he did a fair-sized business in 
lumbering for some years. He is now retired, 
and makes his home with his son, Fllsworth 11. 
By his first wife, Adeline, who died in 1885, 
he was the father of three other children; 
namely, Charles P., Carrie I?., and George W. 
Charles went to Michigan, where he is a 
farmer, is married, and has children. Carrie 
B., now residing in Alton, married P^rank H. 
Carpenter, who is in the painting business. 
George W. is marrietl and engagetl in faiming 
in Alton. On December 24, 1886, the father 


contracted a second marriage \vith Miss Lois 
Chase, daughter of Nathaniel Chase, of Alton. 
No children were horn of this marriage. 

After attending the district schools of 
Alton, p:ilsworth II. Rollins was for a few 
terms a student of Wolfhoro Academy. He 
siihseqnently worked at farming with his 
lather until the sjiring of 1SS4, when he pur- 
chased the steamer " .Mayflower. " This he 
ran successfully for several years, doing 
freighting and general work on Lake Winne- 
pesaukee. In the si)ring of 1S89, he pur- 
chased a half-interest in a livery business with 
F. P. Hobbs at Wolfboro. A year later he 
engaged in the lumber business with Ches- 
ter Twombley, under the firm name of 
Twombley & Rollins. He has also devoted 
considerable time to buying and selling 
horses, making his [nirchases chiefly in the 
West and in Canada. In the fall of 1891, he 
took charge of the Savage Hotel, and con- 
ducted it for a year, but retaining his interest 
in the lumber business. He has given his 
time almost exclusively to it during the past 
few years. luudy in December, 1 8g6, he 
completed the erection of a new residence, two 
and one-half stories in height, and supplied 
with furnace heat and other modern con- 

The Republican jiarty has in Mr. Rollins 
an indefatigable worker, and the town of 
Alton one who is devoted to her interests. In 
the spring of 1891, he was elected Selectman; 
and he was re elected in 1892 and again in 
1893. In 1892 he was elected to the State 
legislature from Alton, and served two years. 
He is now a member of the State Centra! Re- 
publican Committee, and Chairman ot the 
Republican l-".\ecutive Committee in Alton. 
During the jwst five years he has served as a 
delegate to State, County, and Senatorial 
Conventions. He is both a Justice of the 

Peace and Justice of Quorum. He belongs to 
the Masonic fraternity, having membership 
in Royal Arch Chajiter, of Farminglon, and 
to the Knights of Pythias of Alton. The 
future holds for few jjersons brighter prospects 
than for Mr. Rollins, who is well deserving of 
all the recognition he ha